Sixteen people were injured Friday evening in New York after false reports of gunfire sparked a stampede in Penn Station in midtown Manhattan.
People abandoned their belongings, and hid behind pillars and trash cans as they fled the pandemonium.
The shooting rumors spread to Herald Square, where people were evacuated from the Macy's department store.
"We received several dozen 911 calls from Penn Station and on 34th Street from 7th avenue to Broadway," Chief Morris told reporters. "All of those calls were determined to be unfounded."
Penn Station had already been a chaotic scene on Friday evening due to delays and cancelations after an NJ Transit train with 1,200 passengers got stuck in a tunnel for three hours.