Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Multiple shots fired near memorial of George Floyd



Multiple shots fired near memorial of George Floyd

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Boards lean against a building where multiple gunshots were fired near George Floyd memorial square in the US city of Minneapolis, Minnesota state. AFP

Multiple shots fired near memorial of George Floyd

Multiple gunshots were fired on May 25 near the spot in the US city of Minneapolis where George Floyd died, scattering people who had gathered to commemorate the first anniversary of his murder, police and witnesses said.

A police spokesman said that shortly after the shooting, “an individual showed up at Abbott Northwestern Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound”. The wound was non-life-threatening, the spokesman said.

In video footage taken at the moment the gunshots broke out, people could be seen crouching behind cars and running for cover as more than two dozen shots rang out.

“Get down,” a man was heard shouting.

Police responded to the report of shots being fired and a vehicle leaving the area “at high rate of speed”, the police spokesman said.

The shooting occurred about one block away from the intersection in Minneapolis which has come to be known as George Floyd memorial square.

An AFP photographer saw bullet casings on the ground where the shooting occurred and a broken window in a barber shop.

Former police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder last month over Floyd’s May 25, 2020 death, which sparked protests against racial injustice and police brutality across the US.

Members of Floyd’s family were in Washington on May 25 to meet with President Joe Biden and urge lawmakers to pass a reform bill known as the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

A spate of shootings in the US over the weekend left dozens of people dead and injured.

Homicides, mostly gun-driven, rocketed by a historic 30 per cent last year over 2019, and are currently running an estimated 20-25 per cent above a year ago.

Experts say there is no one explanation for the mounting carnage that affects nearly all major cities, and that it cannot be expected to fall sharply as the coronavirus pandemic ebbs.

MOST VIEWED

  • First Cambodian woman graduates from Japan’s NDA military academy

    A few years ago, Meach Sithyka Jessica became the first-ever Cambodian woman to graduate from the US Military Academy at West Point, and since then her courage and determination has served as an inspiration for other Cambodian women. Similarly, Ly Chansocheata became the first Cambodian

  • Construction begins on $1.5B Kampot seaport

    The International Multi-Purpose Logistics and Port Centre, principally invested by Kampot Logistics and Port Co Ltd and projected to cost $1.5 billion, has officially broken ground in Bokor town, Kampot province. The multi-purpose logistics and port centre, located in Prek Tnaot commune, will be built on

  • Cambodia eyes key role in electronics, auto hubs in SEA

    Two roadmaps, part of the LDC’s economic diversification plan, were designed to see it through its migration process, but experts say the journey might be arduous, particularly in the presence of two established hubs in the region By 2028, Cambodia hopes to have exited the

  • Hun Neng, lawmaker and PM’s brother, passes away aged 72

    Hun Neng, chairman of the 4th Commission of the National Assembly, has passed away from heart disease at the age of 72 on the afternoon of May 5, according to the Ministry of Information. Hun Neng is the older brother of Prime Minister Hun Sen, and was

  • CCC team off on US business trip

    The Kingdom’s leading economists and private sector representatives have called on the US to renew its tax preferential status for Cambodian exports, as a Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC) delegation departed for a weeklong business visit to the US, where they will meet with

  • PM meets with US business giants

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has met with a number of major US companies who have expressed interest in investing in Cambodia, in a meeting convened by the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC). A delegation of companies – including Amazon, Meta, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Ford, Visa and Pernod