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1 dead, over 20 injured in Super Bowl parade shooting

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In what was supposed to be a day of jubilation for

Kansas City Chiefs’

fans celebrating their

Super Bowl LVIII

victory, tragedy struck when gunfire erupted, resulting in at least one fatality and 21 injuries. The Kansas City Police Department, led by Chief Stacey Graves, confirmed the casualties and noted that seven of the wounded are in critical condition.

The incident unfolded near Union Station, casting a shadow over the festivities.
Some 800 law enforcement officers were at the rally and parade that preceded it, including agents of the FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
The gunfire erupted outside, close to a garage near the station, marking a violent end to the victory rally that had followed a celebratory parade, police said. Social media was awash with videos capturing the chaos outside the station, where numerous police officers, with their weapons ready, charged towards the building as a multitude of onlookers scattered in every direction. The sound of rapid gunfire was clearly discernible in a video broadcasted by ABC News. Union Station, an architectural gem over a century old known for its Beaux Arts style, has transitioned from a bustling hub for US rail travel, accommodating both passenger and freight trains, to a cultural venue housing a museum, various attractions, and an Amtrak terminal.
Chief Graves revealed that three individuals have been detained in connection with the shooting, as the investigation into the motive continues. “Officers … immediately rendered life-saving aid to those victims,” Graves said, emphasizing the swift action taken by law enforcement. The area near a parking garage, a gathering spot for fans post-celebration, became a scene of chaos as shots were fired.

Mayor Quinton Lucas expressed his deep upset over the events, calling it “an absolute tragedy” unexpected in Kansas City. The sentiment was echoed by Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who shared his prayers for the city on social media. The Chiefs organization also released a statement, extending their condolences to the victims and confirming the safety of their players and staff.
A celebration turned sour
Earlier in the day, spirits were high as the Chiefs celebrated their recent Super Bowl win, their second consecutive championship. The Chiefs were celebrating their 25-22 Super Bowl LVIII victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Las Vegas. It was the team’s second consecutive championship and third in five seasons. The Chiefs have appeared in four of the past five Super Bowls.

The team put out a statement expressing remorse over the events of the day.
“We are truly saddened by the senseless acts of violence that occurred outside of Union Station at the conclusion of today’s parade and rally,” the statement read. “Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and all of Kansas City.
As Kansas City grapples with the aftermath of the shooting, the focus shifts to supporting the victims and their families. The incident serves as a somber reminder of the challenges facing communities across the nation, even in moments of collective celebration. The city, its leaders, and its beloved Chiefs now stand united in the face of tragedy, seeking paths toward recovery and healing.
(With inputs from agencies)

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