At 1:01 p.m. Eastern Time, Reuters reported shots were heard near the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, which is hosting the Republican National Convention. The news organization even quoted Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams as saying in an earlier interview, “In a dense urban area, you get reports of things like that happening,”
But Western Journal contacted the Cleveland police department directly and an unnamed police spokesperson said the report was nothing more than a “rumor.”
“It was a rumor,” the spokesperson confidently stated. Nonetheless, following the Reuters report of shots being fired, various news media organizations ran the story. Both the Gateway Pundit and the Young Conservatives echoed the Reuters story, citing the news organization as their source.
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At 2:15 p.m. (Eastern), Reuters updated its story to confirm that no shots had been fired.
With the rumor wheel turning of shots being fired at the GOP convention, questions arise as to the source of such a serious rumor. As Western Journal reported earlier in the month, a hacker by the name of Gucifer reportedly tapped in to the Democratic National Committee’s database and subsequently leaked documents the DNC had planned protests, disruptions, and propaganda during the week of the GOP convention. Whether the rumor of shots being fired outside the convention is part of the plan to misinform the media is still yet to be determined.
What is clear at this point is no shots have been fired at or even near the convention, even though earlier reports by the mainstream media seemed to indicate the possibility of such an occurrence citing Ohio’s open-carry law provisions. Equally obvious is the fact the convention, as policed by the Cleveland Police Department, has taken place up until this point without any major disruptions.
According to the latest press briefing from the Cleveland Police Department, only five arrests have been made since the start of the convention, and all arrests were for minor incidents. “So far 5 arrests related to the RNC. All minor incidents; 3 for flag pole incident, 1 with felony warrant, 1 for stolen gas mask from officer’s vehicle.”
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