Shooting at parade after Super Bowl sparked by ‘dispute’

KANSAS CITY.- The shooting that left one dead and more than twenty injured during the victory parade in the superbowl of the team of the Chiefs in the United States arose after a “dispute between several people,” said Kansas City Police Chief Stacey Graves on Thursday.

“There is no link with terrorism or local extremism. This was apparently a dispute between several people that culminated in shots being fired,” Graves declared at a press conference, confirming that two of the three detainees are “minors.”

Tens of thousands of people were celebrating the Chiefs team, which paraded in the streets of their Missouri city after Sunday’s victory in the American football final, when gunshots were heard near the parking lot of the Union Station train station.

The authorities counted a total of one person dead and 22 injured.

Local radio station KKFI announced on its Facebook page that one of its entertainers, Lisa Lopez, 43, died during the shooting.

The injured range in age from 8 to 47, and “at least half are under 16,” fire chief Ross Grundyson said Thursday during a news conference hours after the tragedy that occurred toward the end of the parade. .

The police launched a request for those who have “directly observed the shooting, have a video of the shooting or have been a victim of the shooting and have not yet identified themselves” to testify.

An FBI platform was also activated to collect videos that can help in the investigation.

Mass shootings are common in the United States, where there are nearly 400 million guns, more than people.

Biden after post-Super Bowl shooting:

On Wednesday night, President Joe Biden again called on Congress to legislate to curb gun violence in the country.

Biden spoke of a “tragedy” and said he was praying “for the dead and injured today in Kansas City,” but also for the United States, so that it “finds the determination to end this senseless epidemic.”

Nearly 49,000 people died from gunshots in 2021 in the country, against 45,000 in 2020, which had already been a record year. This figure represents more than 130 deaths per day. More than half of them are suicidal.

The US Congress has not adopted any ambitious legislation on this matter for some time, as several legislators are under the influence of the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA).

The city’s mayor, Quinton Lucas, present at the parade with his family, said that his “first reaction is absolute anger.”

“This is a day long awaited by many people. Something they will remember all their lives. And the memory should not be that of a threat of armed violence,” he declared.