Tragedy Strikes Kansas City Super Bowl Parade: 1 Dead, 22 Wounded in Shocking Shooting

In a devastating turn of events, the jubilant atmosphere at the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade quickly transformed into chaos and horror as gunfire erupted near Union Station. The incident left one person dead and 22 others wounded, including nine children, casting a dark shadow over what was supposed to be a celebratory event.

Kansas City Police Chief Stacey Graves revealed that the shooting occurred around 2 p.m. near the Union Station parking garage, immediately after the rally concluded. A total of 11 children, aged between 6 and 15, were among the wounded, with all expected to recover according to Children’s Mercy Hospital.

During a press conference, Chief Graves confirmed that three individuals had been detained, and at least one weapon was recovered by the police. The wounded were swiftly transported to Children’s Mercy Hospital, Truman Medical, and Saint Luke’s, with eight deemed immediately life-threatening cases, seven with other life-threatening injuries, and six sustaining minor injuries.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas expressed his sorrow, stating, “The celebration was marred by a shooting. This is absolutely a tragedy.” He assured that all Chiefs players, staff, and their families were safe and accounted for.

The presence of 800 law enforcement officers at the parade and rally could not prevent the shocking incident, leaving Chief Graves visibly angered.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, who was present during the incident, expressed his shock and gratitude for the quick response of security officers and first responders. The FBI is providing assistance to the Kansas City Police Department in investigating the tragic event.

Eyewitness accounts, such as that of Kade Collins, paint a harrowing picture of the chaos that ensued. “We heard 10-12 gunshots, but we thought they were fireworks… then everyone started screaming and took off running,” described Collins. Amid the panic, individuals were seen helping the wounded, and police swiftly apprehended a suspect.

Heartbreakingly, Kansas City radio station KKFI identified one of the victims as Lisa Lopez, host of Taste of Tejano. Lopez lost her life in the shooting, and her brother, Lee’s Summit Mayor Pro Tem Beto Lopez, had two nieces and a nephew injured in the tragic incident. The community rallied around the Lopez family, offering prayers and condolences for their unimaginable loss.

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