2 teenagers charged in connection with Super Bowl rally shooting in Kansas City

Two teenagers have been charged with resisting arrest and “weapon-related” offenses in connection with a shooting that left one person dead and nearly two dozen others injured during a Super Bowl victory celebration in Kansas City, Mo., authorities said. on Friday.

Additional charges are expected to be filed, said a spokeswoman for the Jackson County, Mo., Juvenile Justice Department. The teenagers, who have not been publicly identified, remained in custody at the juvenile center Friday.

Juveniles could eventually be tried as adults, after a court process that can take days or weeks to decide how they will be tried. The police first detained a third young person, but later determined that this person was not involved in the shooting and released them without charge.

Walter Stokely, the public defender, said his office will represent one of the juveniles. He declined comment.

Under Missouri law, most juvenile court hearings are closed to the public.

After detention, most juveniles in Missouri are released to their parents or guardians, unless they are charged with serious crimes such as felonies or those involving weapons. Prosecutors do not file applications directly with the court, but instead work with a juvenile officer, a court officer who works in a manner similar to a prosecutor.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Friday that her office is cooperating with investigators and juvenile court officials.

A child over the age of 12 can be prosecuted as an adult in Missouri if charged with a felony. To do so, a hearing must be held where the juvenile judge agrees to transfer the case out of the juvenile system.

Authorities said the shooting stemmed from an argument between several people. The shooting erupted Wednesday afternoon outside the city’s Union Station, where tens of thousands of Kansas City fans had gathered for a rally to celebrate their team’s Super Bowl victory.

Twenty-two people were injured, and about half of the victims were under the age of 16, officials said. Most of the injured were hit by gunfire.

The person who was killed was identified as Elizabeth Galvan, 43, who was also known as Lisa Lopez-Galvan. She was a local radio host, a mother of two and, friends said, an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan.

Kourtney and Jesse King, a married couple who were at the rally with their three sons, said they saw an argument between at least four people that led to two young men shooting each other violently.

The Kings said they saw a woman and a man exchange harsh words with two other men, at least one of whom may have been a teenager. Soon, they said, weapons were drawn, and the two young men started shooting at each other.

“They were running away from each other,” Mr. King said. “But they were still firing their weapons from behind, they just weren’t really aiming.”

Some people ran or ducked for cover. A wave of fans, many of them wearing team jerseys, sprinted through the barricaded streets that moments earlier had been the scene of rejoicing.

One video shows two men struggling with a man and holding him until the police arrive. One of the men, Paul Contreras, said he saw the gun fall to the ground as he was taking the man down.

Kansas City Police Chief Stacey Graves praised the actions of bystanders, who she said “physically stopped the person believed to be involved” in the shooting.

Jacey Fortin contributed to the reporting. Susan C. Beachy contributed to the research.

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