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Gunshots ring out during national TV broadcast from George Floyd Square

Police said the shots were reported from a block away.

More than a dozen gunshots rang out during a live, national news broadcast from George Floyd Square Tuesday after a shooting nearby.

Alex Presha, a reporter with ABC News, was speaking live to an anchor from the site at 38th and Chicago, on the one-year anniversary of Floyd's killing by a then-Minneapolis police officer.

In the middle of a sentence, the audio captures loud bangs that sound like gunshots, and a voice yelling, "Go, go, go!" and "Down, down, down!" as more shots ring out. Here's video captured by Twitter user @GreenTea_184:

And here's another video shared by Philip Crowther, an international affiliate reporter for the Associated Press, capturing the same moments.

It also shows a dark SUV drive through the intersection, normally closed to traffic, heading south on Chicago Avenue:

Presha tweeted minutes later that they counted more than a dozen gunshots, and rushed behind a row of cars for cover. He and Crowther, citing their own counting and others on the scene, noted at least a dozen gunshots, possibly more than twice that. One window was also reported broken.

Minneapolis police, in a brief update, said gunshots were reported at 10:09 a.m. on the 3800 block of Elliott Avenue South - that's one block east of George Floyd Square.

A suspect vehicle was then seeing fleeing the area at a high rate of speed.

Shortly after, someone arrived at Abbott Northwestern Hospital with a gunshot wound. They were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, and authorities don't believe the wound is life-threatening. More information is expected to be released later.

An outdoor festival is planned Tuesday at George Floyd Square, starting at 1 p.m., featuring food and live music. A candlelight vigil is then set for 8 p.m.

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