One Dead and at Least 21 Others Shot at Super Bowl Celebration in Kansas City (2024)

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Here’s what we know about the shooting.

One person was killed and at least 21 others were shot — including at least nine children — when a hail of gunfire near Kansas City’s Union Station on Wednesday turned a Super Bowl victory celebration into a scene of chaos.

It was unclear what had caused the shooting and who was responsible. Three people had been detained, the Kansas City police chief said at a news conference, adding that investigators had not identified a motive.

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Deadly Shooting Turns Kansas City Super Bowl Celebration Into Chaos

The shooting at the Kansas City Union Station started as soon as the rally concluded, according to a police official.

“Something happened. Definitely. 100 percent. This has been over 30 cop cars.” “This is supposed to be a day of celebration for everybody in the city and those of the surrounding area. And then you’ve got some idiot that wants to come along and do something like this? This is horrible. Absolutely, just devastating.

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Here’s what else to know:

  • Chief Stacey Graves of the Kansas City Police Department said one person was dead, and that investigators were still working to determine exactly how many people had been injured. At least two of the people in custody had been armed, the police said, and a third person had also been detained, the chief said.

  • Children’s Mercy Hospital said it was treating 12 people who were injured in the shooting — 11 children, ages 6 to 15, and one mother who would not leave her child. Nine of the children suffered gunshot wounds, said a hospital spokeswoman, Stephanie Meyer. None of the children were in critical condition, and all were expected to recover.

  • Other victims were taken to University Health, formerly Truman Medical Center, where two with gunshot wounds were in critical condition, said Keith King, a hospital spokesman. Another victim with a gunshot wound was in critical condition at Saint Luke’s Hospital, said Laurel Gifford, a hospital spokeswoman.

  • Many state and local officials were at the rally, including the governors of Kansas and Missouri. Gov. Laura Kelly of Kansas had to be evacuated and posted on social media that she is now “out of harm’s way,” and Gov. Mike Parson of Missouri and his wife were both “safe and secure,” the governor’s office said.

  • Kansas City players posted messages of sorrow and support on social media. Patrick Mahomes, the quarterback who led his team to victory on Sunday, said that he was “praying for Kansas City.” Travis Kelce, a tight end, wrote that he was “heartbroken,” adding, “KC, you mean the world to me.” And Marquez Valdes-Scantling, a receiver who caught a touchdown in Sunday’s game, sought to connect with the children who were being treated for injuries, offering to help in “any way I can.”

Feb. 14, 2024, 9:12 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 9:12 p.m. ET

Kevin Draper and Jacey Fortin

A hospital was treating 11 children, including nine who were shot.

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The victims of the shooting at a celebration for the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday included some of the team’s youngest fans.

Eleven children, ages 6 to 15 years, were treated for injuries at Children’s Mercy, a hospital in Kansas City, Mo., said Stephanie Meyer, a senior vice president and chief nursing officer at the hospital.

Nine of the children had gunshot wounds, she said, while the others had “incidental injuries.” None were in critical condition, and all were expected to recover.

“The one word I would use to describe what we saw, and how they felt when they came to us,” she said of the children, “was fear.”

A 12th victim was being treated at the hospital, as well — a mother who had refused to be separated from her child in the wake of the shooting.

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Feb. 14, 2024, 8:06 p.m. ET

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Kevin Draper

Children’s Mercy Hospital said it was treating 12 people who were injured in the shooting — 11 children and one mother who would not leave her child. Nine of the children sustained gunshot wounds, said a hospital spokeswoman, Stephanie Meyer. None were in critical condition, and all were expected to recover.

Feb. 14, 2024, 7:48 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 7:48 p.m. ET

Jenny Vrentas

Kansas City players, in sorrow and shock, post messages of support.

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After several people were shot during a celebration for Kansas City’s latest Super Bowl title, quarterback Patrick Mahomes wrote on social media that he was “praying for Kansas City,” while other players shared similar messages of support to the community that had gathered downtown to honor the Chiefs at a victory parade and rally.

Guard Trey Smith thanked the emergency personnel “who ran towards the sound of danger,” and linebacker Drue Tranquill recognized the efforts of doctors caring for the people who had been shot. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, a receiver who caught a touchdown in Sunday’s Super Bowl, sought to connect with the children who were being treated at a local children’s hospital for injuries suffered during the incident, to offer them support “any way I can.”

Tight end Travis Kelce wrote on social media that he was “heartbroken,” adding, “KC, you mean the world to me,” while safety Justin Reid urged people to find answers to gun violence today and not leave it for future generations.

“I pray our leaders enact real solutions so our kids’ kids won’t know this violence,” he wrote on social media.

All Chiefs players, coaches, staff and their families are safe and accounted for, the team said in a statement. Team members and their families had been enjoying a celebratory day with fans that started with a parade and ended with a rally at the landmark Union Station. They bused back to the team’s stadium as the event concluded.

“We are truly saddened by the senseless act of violence that occurred outside of Union Station,” the team said. “Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and all of Kansas City.”

Staff from the league-owned N.F.L. Network and N.F.L. Films who were on site to cover the event are also safe, according to a league spokesman. The N.F.L. said in a statement that it was “deeply saddened by the senseless shooting” and thanked law enforcement and emergency personnel for a “quick and thorough response.”

The shooting occurred less than a week after the Players Coalition, a nonprofit group founded by the former N.F.L. stars Anquan Boldin and Malcolm Jenkins, announced before the Super Bowl that it would donate $100,000 each to two groups focused on curbing gun violence. The advocacy organizations, Community Justice and Equal Justice USA, work in communities with survivors, policymakers and public health experts.

The Baltimore Ravens, the team that Kansas City defeated in the conference championship last month to reach the Super Bowl, issued a statement of support.

“Our hearts are with Chiefs Kingdom following the tragic events and shocking violence that occurred during today’s parade in Kansas City,” the team said. “On a day meant for uniting people in joy and celebrating love, we send our full support to every citizen of the region and each member of the Chiefs organization who has been affected by this senseless tragedy.”

Ken Belson and Ben Shpigel contributed reporting.

Feb. 14, 2024, 6:50 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 6:50 p.m. ET

Jacey Fortin and Kevin Draper

As gunshots rang out, a Super Bowl parade dissolved into chaos.

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The parade on Wednesday to celebrate the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory brought hundreds of thousands of people to the city’s streets, a sea of fans clad in the team’s trademark red.

But when gunfire began near Union Station, a downtown transit center and tourist hub, around 2 p.m. local time, chaos erupted. Many attendees said it was hard to know where to go.

At first, the shots sounded like fireworks, said Ian Johnson, who had been selling hot dogs near the main event stage. Only when fans started running — some of them took shelter under his hot dog tent — did he realize that a shooting was underway.

Courtney Brown, of Independence, Mo., and her two sons were also near the stage when the gunfire began. She didn’t hear shots, she said. But she did hear someone shout: “Get down.”

Her instincts told her to flee, so she told her children to keep moving. “We were almost trampled twice,” she said. The three of them locked arms and huddled near a barricade until the crush of the crowd had eased.

Adrian Robinson had traveled to Kansas City from Gary, Ind., to sell T-shirts. He heard what he thought was a few firecrackers popping, and then he saw hundreds of people running down the street. A minute later, the same people were running back in the opposite direction.

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“People were traumatized, man” Mr. Robinson said. “They were crying. Hyperventilating.”

The police said that they had detained three people after the shooting. But as the crowds began to disperse, some parade attendees were left stranded.

Zachary Dial and his family had traveled from Richmond, Mo., and parked in a garage by Union Station. A few hours after the parade was over, their car was still off limits, stuck behind crime scene tape, he said.

Quinton Lucas, the mayor of Kansas City, had also been downtown for the celebration. “I was there with my wife; I was there with my mother,” he said at a news conference on Wednesday afternoon.

“We never would have thought that we, along with Chiefs players, along with fans, hundreds of thousands of people, would be forced to run for our safety today.”

Traci Angel and Colbi Edmonds contributed reporting.

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Feb. 14, 2024, 6:44 p.m. ET

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Jesus Jimenez

Chief Graves said that the authorities were still working to identify the deceased victim so that they can notify the family. The police were also working to setup a hotline for victims and witnesses, she said.

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Feb. 14, 2024, 6:40 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 6:40 p.m. ET

Jesus Jimenez

Chief Ross Grundyson of the Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department said that of the 22 people with gunshot wounds, one person died, eight were considered to have immediately life-threatening injuries, seven had life-threatening injuries, and six had minor injuries.

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Feb. 14, 2024, 6:34 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 6:34 p.m. ET

Jesus Jimenez

Chief Graves said that the police were still working to determine how many shots were fired and where they were fired. They were also working to determine a motive.

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Feb. 14, 2024, 6:28 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 6:28 p.m. ET

Jesus Jimenez

Chief Graves said three people have been detained. The police are working to determine whether one of the three was tackled by fans at the rally, she said, referring to videos circulating online.

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Feb. 14, 2024, 6:25 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 6:25 p.m. ET

Jesus Jimenez

Chief Stacey Graves of the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department said that 22 people have gunshot wounds.

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Feb. 14, 2024, 6:24 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 6:24 p.m. ET

Jesus Jimenez

Mayor Quinton Lucas of Kansas City, Mo., said at a news conference that anyone with information about the suspects or the shooting should contact the authorities.

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Feb. 14, 2024, 6:10 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 6:10 p.m. ET

Colbi Edmonds

Rachel Miller was at the rally with her father, about 200 yards from the stage. About 10 minutes after it had ended, Miller said she suddenly saw people running and armed officers sprinting toward the stage. “I realized then it wasn’t good,” she said, adding, “I’ve never experienced anything like this before. You see it on the news and think it’s not going to happen to you.”

Feb. 14, 2024, 6:04 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 6:04 p.m. ET

Julie Bosman

Before the Super Bowl, Kansas City was reveling in the frenzy around Taylor Swift.

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Before its beloved Chiefs won the Super Bowl on Sunday, Kansas City, Mo., had been full of anticipation about its team — and about Taylor Swift. Chiefs flags fluttered on car windows zipping down highways. Red clothing appeared to be mandatory. And merchandise featuring the likenesses of Travis Kelce and Taylor seemed to be everywhere.

What had propelled a usually down-to-earth city into a heightened state of euphoria was the glittery presence of Ms. Swift, who since last summer had been dating Mr. Kelce, the team’s star tight end, and was occupying a regular place at football games, restaurants in Kansas City and Mr. Kelce’s $6 million mansion in the suburbs.

Most important in the minds of Kansas City residents was a Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers. But they were tantalized by possibilities beyond the game.

Could Kansas City, a place that is often left out of the national conversation, see its fortunes and economy buoyed because of Ms. Swift? Was the couple considering an engagement, as many residents were hoping?

Might the most famous woman in the world actually move to the Midwest, a region that people on the coasts frequently (and unfairly) portray as a vast, amorphous blob of blandness?

“Kansas City has needed this oomph for a while,” said a beaming Deanna Martin, 75, of Olathe, Kan., as she strolled through Kansas City with her husband, Don, during the week before the game. “It will bring young people in.”

All of this added to a sense that Kansas City, home to just over half a million people, was growing more visible nationally, a thrill to residents and city officials.

“Kansas City is growing,” said Angie Brock, a hotel sales and marketing coordinator. “We’re not New York or Chicago, but we’re getting there.”

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Feb. 14, 2024, 5:47 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 5:47 p.m. ET

Kevin Draper

Hours after the parade ended, Zachary Dial was still trying to get home. He and his family came in from Richmond, Mo., and parked in a Union Station parking garage that is still behind crime-scene tape. Officers were giving him conflicting instructions, he said, as to when he would be able to retrieve his vehicle and how to do so.

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Feb. 14, 2024, 5:42 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 5:42 p.m. ET

Jesus Jimenez

Children’s Mercy is treating 12 patients who attended the rally, Lisa Augustine, a hospital spokeswoman said. Of those 12 patients, 11 are children. Nine of the injured have gunshot wounds, Augustine said.

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Feb. 14, 2024, 5:39 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 5:39 p.m. ET

Jesus Jimenez

University Health is treating eight victims with gunshot wounds, two of whom are in critical condition, Keith King, a hospital spokesman said in an update. The hospital is also treating four other people who have other injuries, he said. “This is a fluid situation,” he said.

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Feb. 14, 2024, 5:28 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 5:28 p.m. ET

Kevin Draper

Adrian Robinson traveled to the parade from Gary, Ind., with hundreds of T-shirts to sell. After hearing what he thought were firecracker pops, he saw hundreds of people run down the street. A minute later, those people were running back the opposite direction in a chaotic scene. “People were traumatized, man” he said. “They were crying. Hyperventilating.”

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Feb. 14, 2024, 5:14 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 5:14 p.m. ET

Kevin Draper

Ian Johnson was working a hot dog stand for J. Smith Concessions about 500 feet from the rally stage. Shortly after it concluded he heard gun shots but said he thought they were fireworks. He only realized it was a shooting when fans started running, many of them running into the small tent he had set up to sell his hot dogs.

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Feb. 14, 2024, 5:13 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 5:13 p.m. ET

Jacey Fortin

All of the coaches, players and employees of the Kansas City football team were accounted for and safe after the shooting, Mayor Quinton Lucas of Kansas City, Mo., said at a news conference.

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Feb. 14, 2024, 5:14 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 5:14 p.m. ET

Ben Shpigel

The Chiefs’ most famous fan, Taylor Swift, did not accompany her boyfriend, tight end Travis Kelce, to the parade. She flew to Melbourne, Australia, ahead of her scheduled concert there on Friday night, according to Sky News Australia.

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Feb. 14, 2024, 5:09 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 5:09 p.m. ET

Jesus Jimenez

Two more people have walked into Saint Luke’s Hospital with minor injuries, Laurel Gifford, a spokeswoman for the hospital said. The hospital is treating a total of three people who have walked in, and one gunshot victim who was in critical condition, Gifford said.

Feb. 14, 2024, 5:07 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 5:07 p.m. ET

Ben Shpigel

A Super Bowl parade has become an annual rite in Kansas City.

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Tens of thousands of fans packed the streets of Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday for what has become an annual rite of February: a Super Bowl parade.

For the third time in five seasons — and the second consecutive year — Kansas City won the Super Bowl, defeating the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, 25-22, in overtime to become the first team in two decades to repeat as N.F.L. champions.

The victory set off debates in bars and living rooms across the country about whether the team had achieved dynasty status, and it elevated its star quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, to a realm occupied only by Tom Brady and Joe Montana as a three-time Super Bowl M.V.P.

After hosting huge crowds for its parades last year and in 2020, Kansas City officials again expected a throng to descend upon downtown on Wednesday, when idyllic weather — sunshine and temperatures in the low 60s — greeted a city ready to celebrate, again.

Columns of fans, many wearing red, lined the 2-mile parade route, cheering and waving at the players and team officials riding by. Aboard open-top red buses, emblazoned with the team logo and “World Champions 2022 2023 back-to-back,” players drank from cans of Coors Light and took videos of the crowd on their cellphones.

The parade route — planned “with the safety and security of fans in mind,” according to a map posted by the Kansas City Sports Commission — wound through downtown Kansas City. The destination: a rally outside Union Station, the century-old rail depot that has been redeveloped into a destination with shops, restaurants and a science center.

Video of the rally captured the celebration, with Mahomes thanking the fans for their support — and promising that the team was ready to chase a third straight Super Bowl victory next season.

"We're going for that 3-peat. Don't get it twisted."@PatrickMahomes got his sights set on his next goal. 👀 pic.twitter.com/X3ykojGjUr

— NFL (@NFL) February 14, 2024

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Feb. 14, 2024, 4:56 p.m. ET

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Jesus Jimenez

Quinton Lucas, the mayor of Kansas City, Mo., said he was at the parade with his wife and mother, and he was in Union Station when he heard gunfire.

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Feb. 14, 2024, 4:59 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 4:59 p.m. ET

Jacey Fortin

“When you have people who decide to bring guns to events, when you have people who are deciding to try to mar events — celebratory ones, like this one — all of us start to become members of this club that none of us want to be a part of, which is those who have experienced mass shootings,” Lucas said at the news conference.

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Feb. 14, 2024, 4:53 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 4:53 p.m. ET

Jesus Jimenez

“It’s a very active scene,” Chief Graves said, adding that people were still walking into area hospitals.

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Feb. 14, 2024, 4:52 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 4:52 p.m. ET

Jacey Fortin

“As soon as the rally concluded, there were shots fired on the west side of Union Station,” Chief Graves said. “Officers were on scene in the area. I know one of the suspects was immediately pursued on foot.”

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Feb. 14, 2024, 4:48 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 4:48 p.m. ET

Jesus Jimenez

One victim from the shooting has died, Chief Stacey Graves of the Kansas City Police Department said at a news conference. Chief Graves said the authorities were still working to determine how many people were injured in the shooting.

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Feb. 14, 2024, 4:48 p.m. ET

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Jesus Jimenez

One victim with a gunshot wound was in critical condition at Saint Luke’s Hospital, Laurel Gifford, a spokeswoman for the hospital said. Another victim walked into the hospital with an injury that was not life threatening, Gifford said.

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Feb. 14, 2024, 4:47 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 4:47 p.m. ET

Jesus Jimenez

Children’s Mercy was receiving patients from the rally, a spokeswoman for the hospital said. The number of patients was not shared.

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Feb. 14, 2024, 4:33 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2024, 4:33 p.m. ET

Jesus Jimenez

Twelve people were being treated at University Health on Wednesday afternoon, Keith King, a spokesman for the hospital, said in an update. Four people had gunshot wounds, and eight others were being treated for other injuries, King said. The hospital did not share the conditions of those who had been injured.

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Feb. 14, 2024, 4:16 p.m. ET

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Colbi Edmonds

Union Station, more than a century old, draws tourists to the city’s center.

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Kansas City’s Union Station is a hub for the city’s tourism and a reminder of its history. At its prime, the station, which is in downtown Kansas City, saw hundreds of thousands of passengers annually, according to its website, and originally had 900 rooms across its 10 levels.

Union Station is more than 100 years old, and although it still has an active Amtrak stop, it largely serves as a tourist destination, presenting itself as a place “where Kansas City gathers and celebrates.” It hosts touring exhibits for various organizations, including the National Geographic and the Smithsonian. Union Station also has a planetarium, restaurants and theaters.

The past year, record numbers of people attended programs at the station, including at its science center and movie theater. The 2023 National Football League Draft was also hosted at Union Station; 312,000 people attended in person, officials said, and 54 million people watched online.

The station collected more than $9.5 million in ticket revenue in fiscal year 2023, and had a ridership of 127,044 on its Amtrak trains that work on two routes, according to The Great American Stations.

Decades ago, the station had been still more popular with train riders, before the rise of automobiles. Then, 25 years ago, officials carried out a $250 million restoration.

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