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Fire Department Reveals 22 Injured in Shooting After Chiefs’ Super Bowl Parade

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A celebratory atmosphere turned to tragedy in Kansas City, Missouri, as gunfire erupted near Union Station after the Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory parade, leaving at least one person dead and multiple others injured, including young children and teens.

Officials reported that at least 22 people were wounded in the shooting, with eight in critical condition, seven in serious condition, and six sustaining minor injuries. Among the victims were 11 children between the ages of 6 and 15, with nine of them suffering from gunshot wounds.

Thankfully, according to Children’s Mercy Hospital, none were in critical condition, and all were expected to recover. The deadly gunfire, which appeared to stem from a dispute between several individuals, resulted in the detainment of three people, including two juveniles.

However, authorities have yet to identify the perpetrators behind the shooting. Kansas City Police Chief Stacey Graves assured the public that the incident did not have any connections to terrorism or homegrown violent extremism.

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Graves also confirmed that all Chiefs players, coaches, and staff members had been safely accounted for. The shooting took place west of Union Station, prompting a swift response from law enforcement officers, with over 800 police officers deployed for the parade.

Three individuals were taken into custody shortly after the shooting, with firearms recovered from the scene. Among those detained was a suspect apprehended after a chase by police following the gunfire. While reports suggested that bystanders aided in subduing at least one of the detained individuals, Graves could not confirm these accounts.

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The tragic incident drew widespread condemnation and expressions of grief from officials and public figures. Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas expressed his heartbreak and emphasized the importance of ensuring a safe environment for community celebrations. Similarly, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly reassured the public of their safety while condemning the violence.

President Joe Biden also weighed in on the shooting, describing it as deeply disturbing and calling for stricter gun safety legislation. He emphasized the need to address the epidemic of gun violence plaguing communities across the country.

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As investigations into the shooting continue, the NFL expressed its condolences to the victims and praised the swift response of law enforcement and emergency personnel. Chiefs players, including quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce, expressed their sorrow and solidarity with the Kansas City community.

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The tragic events serve as a sobering reminder of the pervasive impact of gun violence and the urgent need for collective action to prevent such senseless tragedies in the future.

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