Kansas City Super Bowl Parade Filming: What We Know

A shooting near Union Station in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday afternoon left one person dead and at least 22 others with gunshot wounds, including nine children.

The eruption of violence came as thousands gathered for a public celebration of the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory, turning a day of joy and civic pride into a day of loss and fear.

Here’s what we know about filming so far:

It’s unclear who is responsible for the shooting, but it appears to have stemmed from a dispute between several people, Kansas City Police Chief Stacey Graves said. “There was no connection to terrorism or domestic violent extremism,” she said.

Several weapons were found, and three people were detained in connection with the shooting. Two of them are under the age of 18, Chief Graves said Thursday, but did not release their names. Investigators have not identified a motive, she added, and are working to count the number of shots fired.

The chief asked the public to provide any video or other information that could help authorities determine what happened.

Elizabeth Galvan, 43, a DJ and radio host, also known as Lisa Lopez-Galvan, was killed in the parade shooting, according to Chief Graves.

“She was the life of the party — and her job as a local DJ often put her at the center of her community’s celebrations,” said her friend Lisa Lopez.

“She was loved by everyone in our community,” said Ms. Lopez, executive administrative assistant to the editor of the Kansas City Star. “Our Hispanic community has lost a beautiful, wonderful person.”

Chief Graves said Thursday that the victims ranged in age from 8 to 47 years old. Half were under the age of 16.

Medical centers in the area received more than two dozen patients, hospital officials said.

Children’s Mercy Hospital said 11 children, ages 6 to 15, and one mother who did not want to leave her child during the shooting were being treated. Nine children suffered gunshot wounds. None of the children were in critical condition, and all were expected to recover.

Twelve people were taken to University Health, formerly Truman Medical Center. Eight of them are being treated for gunshot wounds, two of whom are in critical condition.

And one victim with a gunshot wound was in critical condition at St. Luke’s Hospital. Three more people came in with injuries.

Kansas City’s victory celebration included a parade through downtown and ended with a rally outside Union Station, an Amtrak hub and tourist destination.

“As soon as the rally ended, shots were fired on the west side of Union Station,” Chief Graves said, adding, “I know one of the suspects was immediately chased on foot.”

When chaos broke out, many in attendance said it was difficult to know where to go.

At first, the shots sounded like fireworks, said Ian Johnson, who was selling hot dogs near the main stage. It wasn’t until the fans started running away – some of them taking cover under his hot dog tent – that he realized there was a shooting going on.

Courtney Brown, of Independence, Mo., and her two sons were also near the stage when the shooting started. She didn’t hear any shots, she said. But she heard someone yell, “Get down.”

Her instincts told her to run, so she told her children to move. “We almost got run over twice,” she said. The three locked arms and pushed themselves close to the barricade until the crowd’s commotion subsided.

Gov. Laura Kelly of Kansas had to be evacuated and posted on social media that she was “not out of danger.” Gov. Mike Parson and his wife were both “safe and secure,” the governor’s office he said.

The football team said all players, staff and families also exited the event safely.

Patrick Mahomes, the quarterback who led his team to victory on Sunday, he said on social media to “pray for Kansas City.”

Other players shared similar messages of support for the community that gathered downtown.

Guard Trey Smith thanked emergency personnel “who ran toward the sound of danger” and linebacker Drue Tranquill recognized the efforts of doctors who care for people who have been shot. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, the receiver who caught the touchdown in Sunday’s game, asked to connect with the children who were being treated at the local children’s hospital, to offer them support “in any way I can”.

He contributed to the reporting Traci Angel, Kevin Draper, Colby Edmonds Jacey Fortin, Gaya Gupta Adeel Hassan Jesus Jimenez, Ben Spiegel and Jenny Vrentas.

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