Kansas City shooting leaves one dead, 21 injured after Chiefs’ Super Bowl celebration

February 15, 2024

A day of joy and celebration turned into a nightmare for many Kansas City Chiefs fans, as a shooting near the Super Bowl parade and rally left one person dead and at least 21 others injured, including 11 children.

People flee after shots were fired near the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl LVIII victory parade
The shooting occurred on Wednesday, February 14, around 5 p.m., west of Union Station, outside near the garage, as thousands of fans were leaving the area after cheering for their team’s historic victory.

Fans leave the area after shots were fired after the celebration of the Kansas City Chiefs winning

According to Kansas City police, three suspects have been detained for investigation, and one firearm has been recovered. The motive for the shooting remains unclear, and the police chief Stacey Graves called it a “tragedy.”

An injured person is loaded on an ambulance near the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl LVIII

Among the victims was Lisa Lopez-Galvan, a DJ at KKFI 90.1 FM, a local radio station. She hosted a show called Taste of Tejano, and was described by the station as a “beautiful person” who was loved by her family and the community.

People take cover during a shooting at Union Station during the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl

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KKFI confirmed her death in a statement on Wednesday night, and urged anyone who witnessed the shooting to contact law enforcement.

Police respond to shots fired near the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl LVIII victory parade

The other victims were transported to several hospitals in the area, with 15 of them suffering from life-threatening injuries, according to Interim Kansas City Fire Chief Ross Grundyson.

KKFI DJ Lisa Lopez-Galvan is shown in this undated photo.

Children’s Mercy Kansas City Hospital treated 12 patients from the rally, 11 of them children between the ages of 6 and 15, and nine of them gunshot victims, said Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Stephanie Meyer. She added that all of them are expected to make a full recovery.

A law enforcement officer looks around the scene after an incident following the Kansas City

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The shooting shocked and saddened many Chiefs fans, who had gathered to celebrate the team’s first Super Bowl win in 50 years. Some of them described hearing multiple gunshots and seeing people running and screaming in panic.

The Chiefs organization issued a statement on Thursday, expressing their condolences to the victims and their families, and thanking the first responders for their swift and courageous actions.

A general view of Kansas City Chiefs fans gathered at Union Station during the Kansas City
“We are deeply disturbed by the senseless violence that occurred yesterday near the end of a day of celebration in Kansas City,” the statement read. “We offer our sincerest sympathies to those affected by this horrible incident and keep them in our thoughts and prayers.”

The statement also praised the fans for their “incredible support and unwavering passion” throughout the season, and said that the team will continue to work with the city and the community to “ensure the safety and well-being of everyone in our region.”

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Source : ABC News

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