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Community, officials offer condolences after shooting at Chiefs Super Bowl parade rally

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Posted at 3:21 PM, Feb 14, 2024

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Many community members, Chiefs players and officials are offering their condolences after a shooting that left one person dead and left 22 others injured after the Chiefs Champions Victory Parade rally.

Rick Burkholder, the Chiefs Vice President of Sports Medicine and Performance, reported he's safe along with his wife, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, as well as Reid's family.

Chiefs players Patrick Mahomes, Donovan Smith and Justin Reid each posted that they are praying for those in Kansas City hours after the rally came to an end.

Chiefs player Trey Smith said he was keeping those impacted by the shooting in his prayers and thanked law enforcement.

KC wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling is looking to get in touch with the families of the children who were injured in the shooting.

He said we would "love to help them out any way I can and get them some stuff from the team to help with the recovery."

During a press conference addressing the shooting, KCMO Mayor Quinton Lucas said he'd spoken with the Chiefs.

All players, coaches and staff are safe and accounted for.

Lucas later provided a full statement on the tragedy.

"This is difficult for our community," his social media statement read in part. "We will continue to work hard to ensure assailants are brought to justice, our victims receive exceptional care, all families impacted receive our support and that we as a city and country do all we can to prevent tragedies like this from ever occurring
again."

The Kansas City Chiefs said their "hearts go out to the victims, their families, and all of Kansas City."

"We thank the local law enforcement officers and first responders who were on-scene to assist," the Chiefs said in a statement.

The NFL released a statement addressing the shooting, stating the league is "deeply saddened by the senseless shooting that occurred today near the end of the rally in Kansas City for the Chiefs."

The Chiefs' Truman Sports Complex neighbor, the Kansas City Royals, said their "hearts ache from the senseless violence that took place at the parade. We stand with our city and send our full support to victims, their families and first responders.

Kansas City's Sports Commission commented on the celebration ending in a "horrific and needless act of violence."

"We grieve for those directly impacted, as well as their family and friends," the commission's statement read in part. "We grieve that a moment of joy for Kansas City was turned into a time of fear."

The official account of Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, who attended and spoke at the rally, reported he and his wife Teresa Parson were safe after the shooting.

Parson provided a statement after the incident.

"I want to start with a thank you to Kansas City Police along with other state and local first responders who were able to quickly take two individuals into custody and provide critical care to victims following today's shooting," Parson said in part in the statement. "This was a tragic conclusion to a celebration we had all looked forward to – none more than Teresa and me. The First Lady and I were present when shots broke out. Thanks to the professionalism of our security officers and first responders, Teresa and I and our staff are safe and secure."

U.S. Senator Roger Marshall updated that he made it to shelter safely.

"My heart breaks for those who were a victim of this needless violence. I am praying for everyone and the entire KC community," Marshall said in a statement.

Missouri House minority leader Crystal Quade released a statement following the shooting.

“I’ve been in touch with state and local authorities on this tragedy. My heart breaks for the victims and thousands of families who were affected by the terrible and senseless shooting at the end of today’s celebration," she stated.

This is a developing story and will be updated.