Mass shooting at Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl parade: One dead and 21 injured | US | News

Mass shooting at Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl parade: One dead and 21 injured | US | News

Of the victims, eight had « immediately life-threatening injuries » and seven others had « life threatening » injuries and six others had minor injuries, Fire Department Chief Ross Grundyson said. 

Three people were taken into custody, Graves said in a press conference Wednesday evening, adding that « because of bad actors, this tragedy occurred, even in the presence of uniformed officers. »

Graves said: « I am angry. The people who came to this celebration should expect a safe environment. »

Eight hundred law enforcement officers were at the parade and rally to « keep everyone safe, » the police chief added. 

Mayor Quinton Lucas said that all Chiefs players, coaches and staff are safe and accounted for. 

Lucas said: « This is absolutely a tragedy, the likes of which we never would have expected in Kansas City. »

The Kansas City Chiefs organization said in a statement: « We are truly saddened by the senseless act of violence that occurred outside of Union Station at the conclusion of today’s parade and rally. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and all of Kansas City.

« At this time, we have confirmed that all of our players, coaches, staff and their families are safe and accounted for. We thank the local law enforcement officers and first responders who were on-scene to assist. »

Several Chiefs players, including quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, linebacker Drue Tranquill and guard Trey Smith, also posted their reaction to the shooting on social media. 

Missouri Governor Mike Parson said in a statement: « This was a tragic conclusion to a celebration we had all looked forward to – none more than Teresa and me. The First Lady and I were present when shots broke out. »

The governor remarked that he was present with his wife at the rally when shots were fired, but was safe and secure. 

Parson said: « We commend local first responders and our state Missouri Disaster Medical Assistance Team for their quick actions to stop the threat and treat those in need.

« State and local law enforcement were prepared, they had a plan, and they ran towards danger when presented, undoubtedly saving lives. » 

The joyous day for Kansas City fans started Wednesday afternoon as thousands were expected in downtown to celebrate their team’s victory at the Super Bowl.

The one and a half hour victory parade began at 11am local time (12pm EST) on Wednesday at 6th Street and Grand Boulevard, before heading south on Grand West. After heading north on Main, it came to an end at Union Station.

The rally then followed from 12.45pm in front of Union Station and the National World War One Museum and Memorial north lawn.

The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl on Sunday – their third title in five years. They became the first team in 20 years to win back-to-back NFL championships after a tense 25-22 finish against the San Francisco 69-ers.

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