New York City, NY - Masses of people fled Penn Station, fearing an active shooter in progress. Although there was no shooter, only the police department dealing with a violent emotionally disturbed (crazy) man.
Police were on scene with an emotionally disturbed person who became violent. An officer Tasered the man, and the pop of the Taser resulted in people fleeing for their lives.
For those who are unfamiliar, the pop of a Taser is about as loud popping a large bubble on bubble-wrap, or a small balloon. In the loud confines of Penn Station only those close by would have likely heard it.
The incident resulted in mass chaos. People abandoned their luggage and fled. Video from the scene shows luggage and other belongings strewn all over the floor. As the panic spread further, people could be seen fleeing out of the Macy's doors.
Self-proclaimed internet reporters started to spread the panic on social media as they started live-streaming the "active shooter" event.
The crazy man was taken into custody, leaving the officers wondering where everybody went off to in such a hurry.
You can see videos of the arrest and resulting chaos below.
Officers struggle with suspect:
Mass panic erupted at Penn Station this evening when police chased and tased a man inside the Amtrak waiting area pic.twitter.com/iqMpN4xseY
— AJ Ross (@AJRossABC7) April 14, 2017
People just left all of their belongings and ran:
Aftermath of the stampede in Penn Station. It was crazy. Unclear what exactly sparked it. @NBCNewYork pic.twitter.com/eKXFKDgTxV
— Erica Byfield (@EricaByfield4NY) April 14, 2017
Others dove for cover:
VIDEO: Chaos at Penn Station after Amtrak Police tasered an emotionally disturbed person #nbc4ny pic.twitter.com/d17PZUlqw4
— Steven Bognar (@Bogs4NY) April 14, 2017
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) April 14, 2017