Louis Krauss, who shared a video of the overthrow, said at least 300 people had gathered at the scene.
“After it was overturned, the statue broke into several pieces, which were then dragged into the square and thrown into the inner harbor,” Kraus told CNN.
The statue has been on the side of Little Italy for more than 30 years and is the latest to come down in recent weeks amid protests. Both the crowd and the local authorities have removed other tributes to Columbus, Confederate leaders and other controversial figures representing racist parts of American history.
“I support the Italian-American community of Baltimore and the indigenous community of Baltimore,” the statement said. “I can’t support Columbus, though.”
CNN has reached the Baltimore Police Department for comment.