Announcer dead, scores injured in shooting at Super Bowl parade

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A local radio announcer from Kansas City in the USA has died after a mass shooting broke out at the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory parade on Wednesday. At least 21 people were injured, half of whom were children.

The Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City – which treats patients up to the age of 17 – has meanwhile confirmed that 11 children are being treated at this hospital after the shooting, nine of whom suffered gunshot wounds. A spokesperson for the hospital says the children should all recover.

The attack happened moments after Chiefs players addressed a cheering crowd.

As shots rang out, terrified fans scrambled for cover as police scrambled to evacuate the Union Station building – a tragic end to a festive morning celebrating Sunday’s NFL football champions.

According to the police, three suspects have been arrested in connection with the shooting. However, the motive is still unknown and the investigation continues.

Ross Grundyson, Kansas City’s fire chief, says many of the victims “suffered life-threatening injuries”.

A local radio station, KKFI, announced that one of its announcers, Lisa Lopez, was killed in the attack.

“This senseless attack stole a beautiful person from her family and the Kansas City community,” the station said on its Facebook page.

Suspects ‘flattened’

Paul Contreras, who attended the parade with his three daughters, tackled and disarmed one of the attackers just before police arrived on the scene.

“I was in the right position and could dive him from behind. When I hit him, I either knocked the firearm out of his hand or out of his sleeve,” he explained to CNN reporters.

“I flattened him and put all my weight on him, when another good samaritan came to help me.”

Several injured victims were treated at the scene before being carried away.

“I am heartbroken over the tragedy that occurred today (Wednesday),” Chiefs icon Travis Kelce wrote on X.

“My heart goes out to everyone who came to celebrate with us, and who has been affected by this tragedy. Kansas City, you mean the world to me,” he wrote.

The Chiefs’ quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, said he was “praying for Kansas City,” while the team regretted the incident in an official statement.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas was among the dignitaries who attended the parade.

“This is a day that people look forward to and remember for a lifetime. What they didn’t have to remember is gun violence,” Lucas said.

Pres. Joe Biden of the USA, for his part, also called for reform to stop gun violence.

“These events should shock us, mobilize us and compel us to act,” said a statement by the White House.