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Anxiety at NY’s Penn Station: 16 injured in stampede over false reports of gunfire

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( CNN) Terrified crowds raced out of New York’s Penn Station following false the reporting of gunfire, leading to a stampede that injured at the least 16 people, authorities said.

The false reports Friday night sent people pushing past one another to escape the underground station. Bags, shoes and other personal items were strewn all over, the result of a panicked mass exit.

No shots were fired, and the sound was of police employing a stun handgun on someone, NYPD Chief William Morris said.

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