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Gunmen Open Fire at Chiefs Victory Parade; Multiple People Shot–Including Children [Updated]

Armed gunmen opened fire at the victory rally for the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday, reportedly striking at least 10 people, including children. The shooting “took place west of Union Station, near the garage, as Chiefs fans were leaving,” KMBC reported. Three people are reportedly hospitalized in critical condition, five with serious injuries and one person has died. ABC News is reporting that a total of ten people were shot. [Update: Police now say at least 23 people were shot.].

At least two armed suspects have been detained amid what the Kansas City Fire Department called a “fluid situation.” [Police now say three suspects are in custody.].

Schools in the Kansas City area were closed Wednesday so families could attend the parade and celebrate their hometown heroes after their Super Bowl victory. Approximately 1 million paradegoers and 600 law enforcement officials were expected at the celebration. It was an ideal day for the parade in Kansas City—sunny and 65 degrees.

According to KMBC, emergency crews were arriving at Union Station where injured people were being worked on.

KMBC’s Matt Flener reports that five people are being brought to Truman Medical Center. He reports that three ambulances were seen going into the Children’s Mercy Hospital’s emergency room.

An official with HCA in charge of coordinating emergency triage in Kansas City told KMBC radio that she knew of 15 victims so far, some children.
The NFL Network’s James Palmer captured the chaos that ensued after the shots rang out.

Another video shows police rushing into Union Station.

“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,” police said. “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.”

Video appears to show Chiefs fans tackling one of the suspects:

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KC police chief Stacey Graves said authorities are still gathering information on the number of casualties, but confirmed that one person is deceased. She the number of casualties could be “upwards of ten and fifteen.”

KCTV 5 reported that Children’s Mercy Hospital is treating 12 victims, and 11 of them are children.

At a 5:00 news conference, Graves said at least 22 people were shot and three suspects are in custody.

A Children’s Mercy official said during a press conference Wednesday night that all eleven children with gunshot wounds are expected to recover from their injuries. Their ages reportedly range from five to sixteen.

Interview with one of the men who tackled one of the suspects:

Update: Thursday morning:

KC Police Chief Stacey Graves said the total number of casualties increased to 23 overnight and half of them are children. The age of the victims range from 8-years-old to 47-years-old, she said.

Two of the three black suspects are said to be juveniles. Police are currently investigating whether other individuals were involved.

“It should be noted we have recovered several firearms,” Graves said.

The deceased gunshot victim was identified as 43-year-0ld Elizabeth Galvan.

Graves said the department’s preliminary investigation  has found that the incident has “no nexus to terrorism or homegrown violent extremism.”

“This appeared to be a dispute between several people that ended in gunfire, she said.

Update:

The two juveniles are still in custody, and the third suspect was released after police determined he wasn’t involved.

The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office told FOX4 that “the juveniles will be charged if and when they are certified to stand trial as adults.”

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Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

Photo: KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - FEBRUARY 14: Law enforcement 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. Several people were shot and two people were detained after a rally celebrating the Chiefs Super Bowl victory. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)