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Shooting Disrupts Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl Parade, Reportedly 8 Injured

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By Afouda Bamidele on February 14, 2024 at 3:58 PM EST
Updated on February 14, 2024 at 4:19 PM EST

Kansas City Chiefs fan's Super Bowl parade was just interrupted by gunfire with at least 8 people injured. 

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Multiple Gunshot Sounds Disrupt Kansas City Chiefs Post-Super Bowl Celebration

Thousands of Kansas City Chiefs supporters were led to scatter as the festive atmosphere turned chaotic on Wednesday.

The team's celebrities, such as Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes, were swiftly escorted off stage when gunfire erupted, with a significant police presence quickly mobilizing to Union Square nearby.

Before the disruption, confetti cannons erupted from double-decker buses as Chiefs players made their way through the crowd, accompanied by DJs and drummers announcing their arrival.

The streets were packed with diehard fans — with some street poles, climbing trees, or standing on rooftops to get a better view of the procession.

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Mickey Mouse with Super Bowl MVP and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes during a parade at the Magic Kingdom in 2020.
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While the exact number of casualties is unclear at this time, it has been suggested that multiple individuals were shot. Additionally, at least one individual was seen being transported on a stretcher, and law enforcement has apprehended two gunmen.

Police stated that they were allowing all individuals inside Union Square to leave approximately 15 minutes after the shooting occurred. 

According to live coverage of the massive event depicted crowds outside Union Station — the parade's final destination, rapidly scurrying away, with some individuals even jumping over barriers to escape quickly.

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Presenters also reported that people in the crowd were urging them to take cover while others rushed indoors for safety. Crew members even mentioned hearing several loud noises before spectators began fleeing the area near the World War One museum and memorial.

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Six Individuals Died In A Helicopter Crash On Their Way To The Super Bowl

While we wait for more details about the Valentine's Day incident, The Blast previously reported that the Super Bowl weekend was tainted with news of a helicopter crash. 

In an article published on February 10, we shared that authorities disclosed that a helicopter crash in the California section of the Mojave Desert resulted in the tragic deaths of six individuals.

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The aircraft, an Airbus EC130, was en route from Palm Springs, California, to Boulder City, Nevada, near Las Vegas, where the Super Bowl LVIII was scheduled for Sunday. 

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department informed local media that the helicopter departed from the airport around 8:45 p.m. on that day before crashing near Baker, California, around 10 p.m. on Friday, February 9.

Rainy weather conditions allegedly prevailed at the time of the crash, and despite authorities' efforts to search for survivors, none were found at the time of our report.

However, it has since been confirmed that the victims of the tragic crash were Herbert Wigwe, the CEO of Nigerian bank Access Holdings, his wife, Chizoba Wigwe, and their son, Chizi Wigwe.

Abimbola Ogunbanjo — the former group chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group Plc, and two pilots were also among those killed in the aircraft accident. In a statement addressing the next steps in the unfortunate situation, the FAA  expressed:

"The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide any updates."

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