That evening, dozens of pedestrians in New York’s Times Square feared they were caught in the midst of number 268, as noises akin to gunshots rang out across the iconic junction.
The panic-inducing sounds responsible were merely that of motorbikes backfiring, but understandably chaos ensued and several pedestrians were injured in the resulting stampede of people fearing for their lives.
Many felt the footage was "a sad indictment" of modern America.
This is such a sad indictment of where we are https://t.co/dl1mXluKTo
In light of the apparent rise in white supremacist terror - a category the El Paso perpetrator is suspected to fall under - US lawmakers are starting to accuse Donald Trump of emboldening, encouraging and cynically feeding from the hate that informs such views with his use of increasingly racist language.
As a result, some felt the US president had contributed to such an atmosphere in Times Square.
@RinChupeco @Pple1st This is the result of the trump presidency and his hate filled rhetoric!!
— Orlando Vega | Army National Guard Vet 🇵🇷 🇺🇸 (@Orlando Vega | Army National Guard Vet 🇵🇷 🇺🇸)
Some felt that the video simply showed a natural reaction to mass panic in such a location.
@RinChupeco Times Square is a high profile target in a city that experienced unfathomable trauma just 18 years ago.… https://t.co/73yhmvU77p