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Panic at NY's Penn Station Causes 16 To Be Injured


An incident involving Amtrak police and a taser caused panic at Penn Station Friday afternoon.

Authorities confirmed there was no shooting during the incident.

The station was particularly crowded due to delays on a New Jersey Transit train and the evening rush hour ahead of the holiday weekend.

After the false rumor of an active shooter, thousands of people began running in every direction, leaving behind luggage, shoes and other personal belongings, footage shows. The suspect, who was confronted by officials on the Amtrak level of the massive transit complex, was taken into custody - though not before the gathered crowds panicked at the "pop" sound of the taser.

Sixteen people were treated for non-life threatening injuries in a stampede out of Penn Station, according to the NYPD.


Following the latest episode, the Federal Railroad Administration and Amtrak are set to review infrastructure and protocols at Penn Station.

She said shortly after the train entered the tunnel to go under the Hudson River, they felt a bump on the side of the train and saw sparks. Families huddled together, commuters hid behind pillars and some people fell to the ground as they ran for the exits. The NYPD says that they received dozens of 911 calls about gunfire in or around Penn Station, but this was not the case. "Everybody was really scared".

Some people were crying or screaming as they left the station.

The FDNY says fire crews who had just finished dealing with the stalled train stayed to help police deal with people injured in the stampede.

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