Kansas City Chiefs Fans Shown in Viral Video Tackling Suspected Gunman After Parade Shooting

Kansas City parade shooting suspect tackled by fans on Wednesday, February 14, 2024. (Credit: twitter.com/@gwyn_kl)

A parade celebrating the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl LVIII victory ended in violence Wednesday, after gunfire rang out leaving at least one person dead and 15 others injured, including several children.

The shooting unfolded as nearly a million people lined the streets for the parade and rally at Union Station in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, authorities said.

Social media users posted video of the chaotic scene on X, formerly Twitter. The footage showed police officers pushing their way through the crowds as startled fans scrambled away from the gunfire.

One video showed a good Samaritan tackle a suspected shooter to the ground. A second man climbed on top of the suspect and held the individual down in an effort to prevent more bloodshed. Two women stepped in to help and flagged down police officers who arrived seconds later.

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At least two people were detained after the shooting, according  to police.

“I’m angry at what happened today. The people who came to this celebration should expect a safe environment,” Kansas City Police Chief Stacey Graves said at a televised press conference.

Drue Tranquill, a linebacker with the team, posted a message on social media asking for prayers.

“Please join me in prayer for all the victims in this heinous act,” Tranquill wrote on X. “Pray that doctors & first responders would have steady hands & that all would experience full healing.”

“Praying for Kansas City,” Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes added in a post on the platform.

In a statement, the Kansas City Chiefs denounced the violence and said everyone affiliated with the team was safe.

“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 statement began.

“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,” the team added.

At this time, the motive for the shooting is still being investigated.

In 2021, Kansas City news station WDAF-TV reported the city had one of the 10 highest violent crime rates in the nation. Citing FBI data, the station said Kansas City had 7,919 violent crimes in 2020, the year that the data was pulled from.