At least 8 children among 22 were hit by gunfire at the end of the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade; 1 dead

Heather Hollingsworth and Nick Ingram, Associated Press

Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 3:41 pm EST

Last updated Wednesday February 14, 2024 6:55 pm EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Eight children were among 22 people shot in a shooting at the end of Wednesday’s parade celebrating the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory, authorities said, as terrified fans ran to escape. cover up and another A high-profile public event was marred by gun violence. One person died.

Kansas City Police Chief Stacey Graves detailed the death toll from the shooting at a news conference and said three people had been detained. She said she heard that fans may have been involved in the arrest of a suspect, but she could not immediately confirm it.

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“I am angry about what happened today. People who attended this celebration should expect a safe environment.” Graves said. Police did not immediately release any details about the people detained or a possible motive for the shooting.

It is the latest American sports celebration marred by gun violence, following a shooting last year in downtown Denver after the Nuggets won an NBA championship that injured several people, and a shooting last year in a parking lot near the Texas Rangers World Series. championship parade.

Social media users posted shocking video of police running through a crowded scene as attendees scrambled for cover and fled. One video showed someone apparently performing chest compressions on a shooting victim while another person, apparently writhing in pain, lay on the ground nearby. People were screaming in the background.

Another video showed two onlookers chasing and attacking someone, holding them down until two police officers arrived.

Kansas City has long struggled with gun violence and in 2020 was among nine cities targeted by the U.S. Department of Justice in an effort to combat violent crime. In 2023, the city tied a record with 182 homicides, most of which involved firearms.

Mayor Quinton Lucas has joined mayors across the country in calling for new laws to reduce gun violence, including requiring universal background checks.

Lucas, who attended the celebration with his wife and mother, said he was heartbroken and angry.

“This is absolutely a tragedy, something we would never have expected in Kansas City, something we will remember for some time,” Lucas said.

Lisa Money of Kansas City, Kansas, was trying to collect some confetti near the end of the parade when she heard someone yell, “Get down, get down, get everyone down!”

At first, Money thought someone might be joking until he saw the SWAT team jumping the fence.

“I can’t believe it really happened. Who in their right mind would do something like this? This is supposed to be a day of celebration for everyone in and around the city. and then you have some idiot who wants to come and do something like this,” she said.

Kevin Sanders, 53, of Lenexa, Kansas, said he heard what sounded like firecrackers and then people running. After that initial commotion, calm returned and he didn’t give it much importance. But he said that 10 minutes later, the ambulances started arriving.

“It’s a shame that someone had to ruin the celebration, but we’re in a great city,” Sanders said.

University Health spokeswoman Nancy Lewis said the hospital was caring for eight gunshot victims. Two were in critical condition and six were in stable condition, she said. The hospital was also treating four people for other injuries resulting from the chaos after the shooting, Ella Lewis said.

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Lisa Augustine, a spokeswoman for Children’s Mercy Kansas City, said the hospital was treating 12 patients from the rally, including 11 children, some of whom suffered gunshot wounds.

St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City received one patient shot in critical condition and three walk-in patients with non-life-threatening injuries, spokeswoman Laurel Gifford said.

“When there are so many victims, it will be distributed among many hospitals so as not to overwhelm any emergency room,” he said.

Chiefs coach Rick Burkholder said he was with coach Andy Reid and other coaches and staff members at the time of the shooting, and that the team was on buses returning to Arrowhead Stadium.

“Praying for Kansas City,” Chiefs quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, that also included three praying hands emojis.

Missouri Republican Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson were in the parade during the shooting, but were unharmed. “Thanks to the professionalism of our security officers and first responders, Teresa, I and our staff are safe and secure,” Parson said in a statement.

President Joe Biden has been briefed on the Kansas City shooting and will continue to receive updates, a White House spokesperson said. White House officials have been in contact with state and local leaders, and federal authorities are on the scene supporting local authorities.

Areas that had been packed with people were left empty after the shooting, with police and firefighters standing and talking behind an area restricted by yellow tape.

Crowds had lined the route, with fans climbing trees and street posts, or standing on rooftops to get a better view. Musicians moved through the crowd on double-decker buses, while DJs and drummers announced their arrival. Owner Clark Hunt was on one of those buses, holding the Lombardi Trophy.

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The city and the team each contributed about $1 million to the event that commemorates Travis Kelce, Mahomes and the Chiefs becoming the first team since Tom Brady and the New England Patriots two decades ago to defend their title.

After decades without a championship, the city is gaining experience with victory parades. Five seasons ago, the Chiefs defeated the 49ers to win the team’s first Super Bowl championship in 50 years. That followed the Kansas City Royals winning the World Series in 2015, the city’s first baseball championship in 30 years. That year, fans abandoned their cars on the side of the road so they could walk to the celebration.

Then last year, the Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 and prophetically promised they would come back for more.

Associated Press writers Scott McFetridge in Des Moines, Iowa; Jim Salter in St. Louis; Josh Funk in Omaha, Nebraska; Summer Ballentine in Columbia, Missouri; and John Hanna in Topeka, Kansas, contributed to this report.

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