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1 dead and multiple injured in shooting following Chiefs Super Bowl parade

 

Missouri gun laws make it difficult to secure events like the Super Bowl celebration, according to CNN analyst

People gather at Union Station to attend the rally in Kansas City, Missouri, on Wednesday. Charlie Riedel/AP

Events like the Kansas City Super Bowl parade and rally are “almost impossible to completely secure,” according to CNN senior law enforcement analyst Andrew McCabe.

“It is a massive open space. Tickets are not required. There are no gates and, you know, admission areas,” the former deputy director of the FBI told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Wednesday.

McCabe noted that Missouri’s gun laws do not require residents to have a state permit or licensing requirement before buying or owning rifles, shotguns or handguns, according to the National Rifle Association of America.

“You have a huge crowd and likely a large, you know, significant portion of that population carrying firearms. So any conflict or dispute can easily turn into a shooting and then you have what we saw today, and that’s assuming it wasn’t sort of a targeted or directed effort by people for political or other reasons,” he said.

Some background: Everytown for Gun Safety, a non-profit organization that focuses on gun violence prevention, ranks Missouri as 38th in the country for gun law strength, noting it has “none of the foundational gun violence prevention laws.” The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence says the state has “appallingly weak gun laws and one of the country’s highest gun death rates.”

Police chief says firearms were recovered, but no motive determined yet

Kansas City, Missouri Police chief Stacey Graves said firearms were recovered following Wednesdays shooting.

“We have recovered firearms. I don’t have a number for you or a caliber. We have recovered firearms,” she said during a news conference.

At least 22 people had gunshot injuries, the police chief said in a news conference. And some of the victims were children, the city’s fire chief said.

“Right now, we do not have a motive, but we are asking those who may potentially have any kind of information, a witness, or a video to contact police,” Graves said.

Some of the shooting victims were children, fire chief says

Interim Kansas City fire chief Ross Grundyson speaks at a press conference Wednesday evening.  KSHB

Some of the victims of the shooting that erupted after the Kansas City Super Bowl celebrations were children, according to interim Kansas City fire chief Ross Grundyson.

He said he does not yet have the ages of all of the victims.

Authorities detained 3 people as investigation continues, police chief says

Kansas City Police Chief Stacey Graves speaks at a press conference Wednesday evening. KSHB

Three people have been detained as an active investigation is ongoing into a deadly shooting Wednesday at Kansas City Super Bowl celebrations, according to Kansas City Police Chief Stacey Graves.

A video has circulated which shows “some fans tackling someone,” she said at a news conference. Authorities are trying to determine if one of the detained individuals is the same person featured in the video.

She added that authorities are still working to identify the deceased victim.

Kansas City Police Chief Stacey Graves speaks at a press conference Wednesday evening. KSHB

Mayor addresses tragic nature of mass shooting: We have become part of a problematic statistic

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas speaks during a press conference Wednesday evening. KSHB

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas addressed the tragic nature of Wednesday’s mass shooting during a news conference.

“Today was tragic for everyone who was part of it,” Lucas said. “I had the chance to talk to my wife just a moment ago, who said ‘we became part of a statistic of too many Americans — those who have experienced or been part of or connected to a mass shooting.’ That is something that I hope we all recognize is highly problematic for all of us.”

He then went on to say that the country needs to figure out a way to make sure these deadly shootings stop happening.

At least 22 people have gunshot wounds, police say

The number of people with gunshot wounds has risen, the Kansas City police chief said in an update on Wednesday.

Police Chief Stacey Graves said at least 22 people have gunshot wounds. One of those people died, Kansas City Fire Department Chief Ross Grundyson.

Of those victims, eight had immediately life-threatening injuries and were transported to hospitals within 10 minutes, according to Grundyson. Seven others had life-threatening injuries and six had minor injuries, he said.

Police are still working on a “total number of victims” and Graves stressed that it is an active investigation.

Chiefs organization saddened by “senseless act of violence” after rally

From CNN staff

The Kansas City Chiefs organization said it is saddened by the shooting that occurred Wednesday after the end of a rally celebrating the team’s Super Bowl win. At least one person was killed and more than a dozen others were wounded, police said.

The Chiefs called the shooting a “senseless act of violence” and said in a statement that their “hearts go out to the victims, their families, and all of Kansas City.”

The team said players, coaches and staff are all safe and that they are in communication with local officials. Some individual players also shared messages of support on social media.

Here’s what we know so far about the Kansas City shooting

From CNN staff

A day of celebration – to mark the Kansas City Chiefs’ third Super Bowl victory in the last five years – turned into tragedy on Wednesday.

At least one person was killed and up to more than a dozen others were injured in a shooting after a rally near Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri, police said.

The shooting is at least the 48th mass shooting in the United States so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

Officials are expected to give another update soon on the investigation.

Here’s what we know so far:

  • Victims: One person is dead and up to 15 others are wounded after the shooting, according to Kansas City Police Chief Stacey Graves. All Kansas City Chiefs players, coaches and staff are safe and accounted for, Mayor Quinton Lucas said.
  • What happened: The shooting erupted on the west side of Union Station, Graves said. When officers got there, they took two armed people into custody and immediately started helping people who were hurt. Officials are in the beginning stages of figuring out what happened, Graves said, and law enforcement is working to clear surrounding areas. The White House said President Joe Biden has been briefed and federal law enforcement is helping local law
  • Eyewitness accounts: One woman said she was standing to the right of the stage when the shooting happened. She described the confusion of the crowd and seeing police run into buildings around Union Station and swarm a stairwell. She also said she heard “pop” sounds. Madison Anderes, 24, who attended the Super Bowl parade with her brother and mother, said she felt like she “was going to die.”
  • Reactions: Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said on social media that he is praying for his city. Chiefs guard Trey Smith also said his “thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by today’s incidents.” Chiefs defensive tackle Mike Pennel and offensive tackle Donovan Smith both said on social media that they too are praying after the incident. 
  • The celebration before the shooting: The parade started with Chiefs players crowded on double-decker buses, waving to fans as they rolled through the city. Players also left their rides to walk the parade route, high-fiving fans and some even handing out a few libations to people who had been waiting throughout the morning to cheer on the Chiefs. A pep rally following the parade featured several players toasting the team’s connection with the city.

“I felt like I was going to die,” attendee says about moment shots rang out at Super Bowl celebration

From CNN’s Sharif Paget

Madison Anderes, 24, who attended the Kansas City Super Bowl parade with her brother and mother, had to run for her life after shots rang out.

“At first we thought it was a string of fireworks,” Anderes told CNN over the phone. Shortly after, she said a man standing in front of them turned around and yelled: “He’s got a gun! He’s got a gun!” Then a second round of pops went off, this time significantly louder

“That’s when all chaos broke out,” Anderes said, who was knocked down on the ground when everyone started running. “I felt like I was going to die, I felt like a sitting duck and I was going to get shot.” 

After Anderes got up, she ran with her brother and mother and huddled with about 10 other people by a storefront, she said. She said by that point she witnessed law enforcement enter the scene.

Police chief thanks officers for running toward the shooting

Law enforcement respond to a shooting at Union Station in Kansas City on Wednesday. Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Kansas City’s police chief thanked law enforcement officers for running toward danger in their response to a shooting after a Super Bowl rally — while everyone else attending the celebrations ran away.

“I’m so proud of them that they ran into danger, getting two people into custody, and at the same time rendering life-sustaining aid to those victims,” Kansas City Police Chief Stacey Graves said.

Two people were detained for further investigation. Officers chased one of those people shortly after they arrived at the scene of the shooting, Graves said.

“We were here for a safe celebration and because of two bad actors — or more — it is why we’re standing here today. We will recover as a city,” the police chief said.

Kansas City mayor says he’s “as heartbroken as anybody” about shooting

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas speaks during a press conference on Wednesday. KSHB

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said he’s “as heartbroken as anybody” as well as “incredibly upset, disappointed” about the Kansas Chiefs Super Bowl shooting that took place today.

Lucas added he attended the celebration with his wife and mother.

“I don’t want us to have to in our country — for every big event — think about a concern of being shot,” he said during a Wednesday news conference.

Biden has been briefed on shooting at Kansas City celebration

From CNN’s Samantha Waldenberg

Emergency personnel take a stretcher into Union Station following a shooting on Wednesday. Reed Hoffmann/AP

President Joe Biden has been briefed on a shooting in Kansas City, Missouri, at the end of a celebration for the Super Bowl-winning Chiefs, according to the White House. 

The White House also said they have been in touch with both state and local leaders and that federal law enforcement is on the scene assisting local law enforcement.  

The Kansas City Fire Department says one person has died and at least 14 people were injured at the end of a celebration for the Super Bowl-winning Chiefs. Police say two armed people were taken into custody. 

Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas told reporters in a news conference that he received a call from the White House offering “federal assistance in the investigation.” 

“We’ve also received a call from the White House that offered all federal assistance in the investigation. We had federal agencies present today. We appreciate that, and certainly in the days ahead and the hours ahead, we will make sure we continue to do this work,” Lucas told reporters.

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