Mistaken reports of gunfire cause panic at New York Penn Station

- A stampede broke out at a busy New York City train station, leaving more than a dozen people injured.

Police used a stun gun to subdue a disruptive man in an overcrowded NY railway station, sparking a stampede after false rumours of gunshots.

Authorities confirmed there was no shooting during the incident.

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The stampede happened Friday evening after a New Jersey Transit train with 1,200 passengers aboard made it to the station after being stuck in a Hudson River tunnel for almost three hours.

In the panic, people left bags and other belongings behind. 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. Approximately sixteen people were hurt with non-life-threatening injuries, according to FDNY. A New Jersey Transit train with about 1,20.

After arriving in Penn Station in the evening, exhausted passengers then faced police activity when a man making a loud disturbance was subdued by a stun gun. And the week before that, an Amtrak train side-swiped an NJ Transit train near Penn - effectively shutting down the station for the day.

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Police said reports that shots were fired at the station are not true. "Just having people running to an exit ...can cause a problem". "Everybody was really scared".

Friday's scare even spread across 34th St.as shoppers streamed out of Macy's flagship Herald Square store.

NYPD Counterterrorism said multiple reports of "shots fired" near Macy's were unfounded.

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