Kansas City shooting: One dead and 21 injured near Super Bowl parade

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Courtesy: dailynews.lk

Kansas City shooting: Following the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl triumph parade, there was a shooting in Missouri that left one person dead and twenty-one injured.

According to officials, they attended to seven patients with potentially fatal injuries as well as eight patients whose conditions were immediately life-threatening.

Among the injured were nine children; all are anticipated to make a full recovery.

According to the police, three individuals are in custody in relation to the incident.

At approximately 14:00 local time (20:00 GMT), the parade came to a finish at Union Station, the train station in downtown Kansas City, where thousands of spectators had congregated to watch the celebrations. This is when the bullets were fired.

According to local reports, when the initial bullets were fired, Kansas City Chiefs players were still on a platform there.

The mayor of the city and his family were among those in the crowd who fled for safety as a result of the gunfire.

According to Kansas City Police Chief Stacey Graves, detectives on the scene launched an investigation as soon as the shootings occurred. Officers arrived on the scene right away. In addition, the Fire Department moved quickly to assist the injured.

According to officials, there were already around 800 police officers present to oversee the procession. In case medical assistance was required, members of the city’s fire department were also on hand.

Chief Graves reported at a news conference on Wednesday that three suspects had been taken into custody and that 22 people had been hit by gunfire, one of them was killed.

One of the DJs of the local radio station, Lisa Lopez, was reported dead in the incident.

Within ten minutes of the incident, the critically injured patients were brought to three nearby hospitals, according to officials, while the remaining wounded were flown to three different hospitals.

According to chief nursing officer Stephanie Meyer, nine children between the ages of six and fifteen are receiving treatment at Children’s Mercy Hospital for gunshot wounds.

“The one word I would just use to describe what we saw and how they felt when they came to us was fear,” said Ms. Meyer.

In addition to treating those who were not shot but had sustained other injuries in the abrupt stampede that followed the gunshot, local hospitals reported.

None of the victims’ names were disclosed by city officials. Furthermore, they withheld any information regarding the arrested individuals, including any possible explanation for the shooting.

The BBC‘s US partner CBS News was informed by a law enforcement source that the shooting seemed to be the outcome of a heated debate that escalated into violence. It has nothing to do with terrorism, the person claimed.

According to the police, they are collecting both digital and tangible evidence while looking into the motive. They requested that anyone with information or witnesses get in touch with the police.

The Kansas City Chiefs had won the Super Bowl for the second straight year when the shooting started. But the thrilling and unifying moment of this lesser-known American city was stolen.

Quinton Lucas, the mayor of Kansas City, reported that he and other people heard gunfire while inside the Union Station. He began running with his family members.

“We went out today like everyone in Kansas City looking to have a celebration,” Mr. Lucas stated during the press conference on Wednesday.

My mother and wife were also present when I was there. I never would have imagined that hundreds of thousands of people, including Chiefs players and supporters, would have to flee for their lives in order to protect us today.

The Kansas City Chiefs organization expressed in a statement that it was “truly saddened” by the violence on Wednesday. It further stated that all of its personnel, players, and coaches—as well as their families—were safe and accounted for.

On social media, Travis Kelce, the team’s star tight end whose romance with Taylor Swift became well-known, expressed his “heartbreak over the tragedy that took place today.”

Following the incident, Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling also posted on social media. He expressed his desire to communicate with the young people who were shot.

My goal is to ensure their well-being, stated Mr. Valdes-Scantling. “But would love to help them out any way I can and get them some stuff from the team to help with the recovery.”

The mayor emphasized that security measures were in place in the city and that this should cause the citizens to seriously consider their options. He claimed that even with hundreds of law enforcement officers there, the incident happened because of certain bad actors who were carrying guns.

US President Joe Biden also discussed the problem of gun violence in the nation in a statement.

Today’s events should shock, move, and shame us into action, he declared, advocating for assault rifle bans and gun reform in the US.

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