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Motive For Fatal Shooting at Chiefs' Super Bowl Parade is Determined


The fatal shooting that took place during the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl LVIII victory parade appears to have stemmed from a dispute between several people, Kansas City Police Chief Stacey Graves announced during an update on Thursday (February 15) via ESPN.

Graves confirmed that the total number of victims injured, including Lisa Lopez-Galvan, identified as the lone person killed in the incident, had risen to 23. The other victims injured in the shooting ranged between the ages of eight and 47, with half reported to be under the age of 16.

Fire Chief Ross Grundyson confirmed that eight victims were reported to have sustained critical injuries and seven were in serious condition. Three people -- including juveniles -- were detained and multiple firearms were recovered at the scene.

The suspects must be charged within 24 hours of their detainment or they will have to be released amid the ongoing investigation.

"We are working to determine the involvement of others. And it should be noted we have recovered several firearms. This incident is still a very active investigation," Graves said at a news conference via ESPN.

Drone footage shows a massive crowd quickly parting after shots were fired near the corner of Pershing and Kessler in the Union Station area of downtown Kansas City.

The Chiefs issued a statement in response to the incident on their official website and social media accounts Wednesday.

"We are truly saddened by the senseless act of violence that occurred outside of Union Station at the conclusion of today's parade and rally," the Chiefs said. "Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and all of Kansas City.

"We are in close communication with the Mayor's office as well as the Kansas City Police Department.

"At this time, we have confirmed that all of our players, coaches, staff and their families are safe and accounted for.

"We thank the local law enforcement officers and first responders who were on-scene to assist."

Another video shared online showed police responding to an active shooter situation at Union Station, where the parade concluded.

Patrons were asked to leave the area at Union Station immediately and avoid the parking garage so victims can receive treatment.

The Chiefs were celebrating their third Super Bowl victory in the past five years days after defeating the San Francisco 49ers, 25-22, in overtime during Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday (February 11), having previously defeated San Francisco, 31-20, in Super Bowl LIV. Kansas City is also the first team since the New England Patriots in 2005 to repeat as Super Bowl champions and the ninth in NFL history.

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