WATCH: New video shows UF peace vigil erupt into chaos

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WFLA) — Newly-released police body camera footage reveals the moments after a peace vigil on the University of Florida campus erupted into chaos last month.

Over 1,200 people gathered in Turlington Plaza on Oct. 9 to remember Israeli civilians killed by Hamas just days earlier when they were startled by calls for help.

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UF Police Department body camera video obtained by WUFT showed officers scrambling down from a balcony overlooking the frantic crowd. Another officer exited his patrol car and ran directly into a group of fleeing students with his pistol drawn, searching for a potential gunman or anything else that may have sparked chaos.

Police did not uncover a threat tied to the stampede, despite investigating a bomb threat earlier that day.

“Somebody overheard their neighbor saying he was going to kill a bunch of Jews and he was going to get a suicide-bomber backpack, and so we were looking into that, and then this happened,” a Gainesville Police Department officer said shortly after the incident.

Police believe the stampede erupted when bystanders heard a man call for help after his girlfriend fainted. Speaking to police after the incident, the woman said, “I think it was me.”

“I think I scared everybody,” she said.

At least 30 people were injured in the stampede, according to WUFT.

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