Kansas City Chiefs’ championship celebration and parade ends in gunfire

February 15 – Almost 1 million people gathered in the heart of Kansas City, MO, to celebrate the Chief’s Super Bowl victory and at the end of the parade on Wednesday, gunshots were fired into the crowd, leaving one person dead and 30 injured, a number of whom were children. 

Three suspects are in custody, but the investigation is still ongoing. 

Law enforcement has 24 hours to officially file charges. 

Initial suggestions on a motive are that it was a personal dispute.

Kristen Goodwin of Fox News reported, “Kansas City radio station KKFI took to Facebook to say DJ and host Lisa Lopez Galvan was killed in the shooting at the Chiefs Super Bowl victory parade, posting this senseless act has taken a beautiful person from her family and this KC community. Kansas City Police Chief Stacy Graves says the investigation has not yet determined a motive, noting they’ve recovered at least one firearm and are asking anyone with information or video of the incident to come forward.”

One man, Paul Contreras of Bellevue, tackled one of the shooters. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “There is a lot of cell phone video of these events as they unfolded. Fortunately that good Samaritan acted the way he did because this undoubtedly would have been even worse had this shooter not been stopped. They don’t have a lot of details yet. Bigger picture, these kinds of events, parades, big public events, these are always the sort of events that security analysts say are the most difficult to secure, what they call soft targets. It’s impossible to monitor a crowd of a million people in public areas like that. Very, very unfortunate. Even worse, many of those victims are children that were at this event. They were off school attending the victory parade. A lot of these people are still in the hospital. So there’s a lot to still be known.”

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “Interesting how you’re not seeing a great deal of the three. I see a picture or two, but they’re not spending time on them. What they are spending a lot of time on here again is Joe Biden didn’t waste any time with more gun control, and more of the usual rhetoric without even letting 24 hours seep in. Let’s hear about the suspects first. Let’s hear about what started all this stuff. Where is that going? Instead it’s immediate rhetoric out of the occupant of the White House and his carriers.”

Barkdoll suggested, “I think everybody should wait and hear details from the police before rushing into any kind of actions or judgment on what might have happened here.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM added, “And please, no narratives. I know I’m just spitting in the wind when I say that but we know depending upon who, what group suspects are from, you hear more or less in the press then depending. That should never be the case. It should be consistent. We should always hear about suspects and what their motives were, but now we’re wary because we know some suspects seem to get kid glove treatment in the sense that they don’t get exposed to the public unless it supports some kind of narrative. That’s just a generalization, but come on real journalists out there. Stop. You’ve got to be consistent. Stop applying social justice to how you cover stories.”

Ryan said, “You’re not going to get that. The education system has changed that whole narrative. You are spitting into the wind.”

Barkdoll said, “Every year whether it’s the World Series or the Super Bowl, the city hosts these big parades, schools close, businesses close, then something like this happens and you wonder is this yet another one of these traditions that may now stop? I certainly hope not. Because I think these things are great for the cities when their team wins a championship. But you’re right, these things happen and immediately you see media outlets getting into all sorts of speculation and narratives with no information. Everybody needs to just wait. Let’s see what comes out today before rushing any kind of judgments on this.”