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Shots fired near George Floyd Square on anniversary of death

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US police have confirmed one person was wounded after shots were fired near the place where George Floyd was killed one year ago.

US police have confirmed one person was wounded after shots were fired near the place where George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer one year ago.

One person was transferred to Hennepin County Medical Centre with a non-life-threatening injury after arriving at Abbott Northwestern Hospital with a gunshot wound, police said.

Photos from the scene showed a bullet casing on the ground in the area, and a man boarding up a shattered window at a barber shop after shots were fired.

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The Associated Press reported that as many as 30 shots were heard a block away from the intersection, known as George Floyd Square, causing bystanders to duck for cover.

Associated Press journalist Philip Crowther, reporting from the scene had to duck for cover as gunshots rang out in the middle of his coverage.

Mr Crowther and other people ran for shelter when the series of bangs erupted.

He uploaded the raw footage of his interrupted report to Twitter, along with an update that "we see one broken window, apparently from one of the shots fired. Consensus among reporters here at George Floyd Square was that we heard anywhere between a dozen and two dozen shots fired."

https://twitter.com/PhilipinDC/status/1397228895355670534?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Events honouring Floyd are currently taking place at The Commons, a park in Minneapolis about 7km away from the reports of gunfire.

The George Floyd Global Memorial's 'Rise and Remember George Floyd' celebration is planned later Tuesday (US time) at the intersection in front of Cup Foods where Floyd died. The celebration ends with a candlelight vigil in George Floyd Square on Tuesday evening.

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George Floyd Square, the intersection of Chicago Avenue and 38th Street, where Floyd took his last breaths as a police officer knelt on his neck, has become a makeshift shrine that represents peace, justice and healing for many residents.

Floyd's death sparked global protests, and supporters, activists and his family will honour him with a series of celebrations and marches.

Former police officer Derek Chauvin, 45, was convicted in April of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

The verdict came about 11 months after bystander video showed Chauvin impassively kneeling on the neck and back of Floyd, handcuffed and lying prone on the street, for nine minutes and 29 seconds on May 25, 2020.

Under the officer's knees, the 46-year-old Black man gasped for air, repeatedly exclaimed "I can't breathe" and ultimately went silent.

On the day of the verdict, people gathered for hours outside the Cup Foods store where Floyd died, letting out cries of joy and sighs of relief into the night.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/george-floyd-death-anniversary-shooting-minneapolis/add8a82d-d365-4c82-964e-d73d5e5a0959

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