At least one dead and nine children among dozens injured in shooting at Super Bowl victory parade in Kansas City

14 February 2024, 20:30 | Updated: 15 February 2024, 07:16

Multiple people have been shot in Kansas City
Multiple people have been shot in Kansas City. Picture: Getty

By Kit Heren

At least one person has died and eight children are among 21 injured in a shooting at the Super Bowl victory parade in Kansas City.

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ssTerrified fans were seen running for cover at the high-profile public event on Wednesday as shots were heard.

At least nine children were among the 22 people wounded by gunfire.

Stephanie Meyer, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Children's Mercy Kansas City, said all of the injured children are expected to make a full recovery.

She told reporters: "I want to clarify that we have had 12 patients that we have treated, 11 of which are children with nine gunshot wounds - all of those patients we expect to have a full recovery, none of which are in critical condition."

Kansas City police chief Stacey Graves said that one person was dead.

"I'm angry at what happened today," Ms Graves said.

None of the victims have yet been identified, but Kansas City local radio station KKFI said Lisa Lopez, one of its local DJs, had died in the shooting.

Lisa Lopez was killed, a local radio station said.
Lisa Lopez was killed, a local radio station said. Picture: Facebook

A man in a red hoodie was photographed being arrested, but it is unclear if he was suspected to be involved in the shooting. Other photos showed people being treated on stretchers.

Three suspects, including two who were armed, have since been arrested.

Police said: "Shots were fired west of Union Station near the garage and multiple people were struck.

"We took two armed people into custody for more investigation." The two have yet to be named.

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A police spokesperson added: "We need people to exit the area as quickly and safely as possible and avoid the parking garage in order to facilitate treatment of shooting victims."

Officers added: "Many of you have footage of many officers securing union station, they are working to provide for the safety of everyone inside union station and expedite care of those injured."

aw enforcement and medical personnel respond to a shooting at Union Station during the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl LVIII victory parade on February 14, 2024 in Kansas City, Missouri
aw enforcement and medical personnel respond to a shooting at Union Station during the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl LVIII victory parade on February 14, 2024 in Kansas City, Missouri. Picture: Getty

"This is absolutely a tragedy, the likes of which we never would have expected in Kansas City, the likes of which we'll remember for some time," city mayor Quinton Lucas said.

Footage shared online showed someone performing chest compressions on a shooting victim as another person, seemingly writhing in pain, lay on the ground nearby.

Another video showed two onlookers chase and tackle someone, holding that person down until two police officers arrived.

It comes after the Kansas City chiefs won the Super Bowl by defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Around a million people were expected to be in the city for the celebration on Wednesday. Revellers began to scatter after the shots were fired.

Law enforcement responds to a shooting at Union Station during the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl LVIII victory parade on February 14, 2024 in Kansas City, Missouri.
Law enforcement responds to a shooting at Union Station during the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl LVIII victory parade on February 14, 2024 in Kansas City, Missouri. Picture: Getty

Kansas governor Laura Kelly said on social media, "I have been evacuated and am out of harm's way. I encourage everyone to follow instructions and updates from @kcpolice. Please stay safe."

Law enforcement responds to a shooting at Union Station during the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl LVIII victory parade on February 14, 2024 in Kansas City, Missouri
Law enforcement responds to a shooting at Union Station during the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl LVIII victory parade on February 14, 2024 in Kansas City, Missouri. Picture: Getty

Travis Kelce, a player for the Kansas City Chiefs, said: "I am heartbroken over the tragedy that took place today. My heart is with all who came out to celebrate with us and have been affected. KC, you mean the world to me."

Drue Tranquill, another Chiefs player, said: "Please join me in prayer for all the victims in this heinous act.

"Pray that doctors & first responders would have steady hands & that all would experience full healing."

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