The Kansas City Mass Shooting Has Left at Least Half of its Victims as Children, Plunging the City into Mourning and Grappling with the Tragedy

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Investigators are examining evidence left behind at the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl celebration rally after a shooting that left one person dead and more than 20 others injured, including several children. The shooting occurred during a dispute between several individuals and is not believed to be connected to terrorism or extremism.

Two teenagers are in custody as the investigation continues, with police recovering several firearms from the scene. No charges have been announced yet, and authorities are working to determine if others were involved.

The community gathered for a vigil at a nearby plaza to honor the victims, including those hospitalized at Mercy Children’s hospital. The vigil offered prayers and support for the victims and their families.

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The shooting occurred the day after the Chiefs’ championship parade, which drew an estimated 1 million people. The incident marks at least the 48th mass shooting in the United States in 2024 and the second shooting at a major sports title celebration in a year.

One of the victims killed in the shooting was radio DJ Lisa Lopez-Galvan, described as a loving and devoted mother. More than 20 others were injured, with ages ranging from 8 to 47 years old.

Jacob Gooch Sr., who attended the rally with his family, described the chaos and fear as the shooting unfolded. He, his wife, and his 13-year-old son were all injured in the incident, with his son still having a bullet lodged in his foot. Gooch expressed disbelief that such a tragedy could happen to his family.

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