Mass Shooting at Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl Celebration Leaves 21 Injured and 1 Dead

A mass shooting unfolded at the historic Union Station in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, during the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl celebration, leaving 21 people wounded and one mother of two dead. The incident occurred despite the presence of over 800 police officers in and around the area, including on nearby structures. Mayor Quinton Lucas, who attended the event with his wife and mother, was among those who ran for safety when the shots rang out.

Police Chief Stacey Graves stated that three individuals were detained, and firearms were recovered. The authorities are still investigating the motive behind the shooting and have not released details about the detained individuals. The incident adds to a disturbing trend of gun violence marring sports celebrations in the United States, following similar incidents during the NBA championship in Denver and the World Series championship parade for the Texas Rangers.

Videos shared on social media captured the chaotic scene as terrified fans sought cover and fled while police officers ran through the crowded area. One video showed a person performing chest compressions on a victim, while another person lay on the ground in apparent pain. Two individuals were seen chasing and tackling a suspect until police officers arrived.

Lisa Lopez-Galvan, known as “Lisa G” and host of “Taste of Tejano” on radio station KKFI, was tragically killed in the shooting. Described as an extrovert and devoted mother, Lopez-Galvan attended the parade with her husband and adult son, who was also injured. The Kansas City community mourns the loss of a beloved member.

Kansas City has long grappled with gun violence, and in 2020, it was one of nine cities targeted by the U.S. Justice Department to combat violent crime. The city recorded 182 homicides that year, matching a previous record, with the majority involving firearms. Mayor Lucas has joined other mayors across the country in advocating for new laws to address gun violence, including universal background checks.

Witnesses recounted the terrifying moments when the shooting occurred. Lisa Money, who was gathering confetti near the end of the parade, heard someone yell for everyone to get down. Initially thinking it might be a joke, she soon saw SWAT teams jumping over fences. Kevin Sanders, another attendee, heard what sounded like firecrackers before people started running. He expressed disappointment that the celebration was marred by such violence but acknowledged the realities of living in a big city.

Several hospitals treated the wounded, with University Health reporting eight gunshot victims, two in critical condition. Children’s Mercy Kansas City treated 12 patients, including 11 children between the ages of 6 and 15, many of whom suffered gunshot wounds. St. Luke’s Hospital received one critically injured gunshot patient.

The Kansas City Chiefs organization expressed deep sadness over the senseless act of violence and extended condolences to the victims and their families. Missouri Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson, who were present at the parade, were unharmed. President Joe Biden, briefed on the shooting, called for Congress to take action to prevent gun violence, urging a ban on assault weapons, limitations on high-capacity magazines, strengthened background checks, and keeping guns away from those unfit to possess them.

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