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Shooting At Kansas City Chiefs Parade Began As Personal Dispute

A personal dispute between several people erupted in gunfire at a packed celebration of the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl victory, injuring over 20 people and killing a mother of two, authorities said Thursday.

Nearly 1 million people were estimated to have been in downtown Kansas City on Wednesday when gunshots sent scores of people running for cover around 2 p.m. outside Union Station, a historic depot, USA Today reports. Twenty-two people ages 8-47 were wounded by gunfire, said Kansas City Police Chief Stacey Graves. About half of the victims are under the age of 16, Graves said. Police officer Alayna Gonzalez said officers detained three juveniles. Officers are working with juvenile prosecutors to “review investigative findings and determine applicable charges," Gonzalez said.

Five of the eight gunshot victims admitted to the hospital in Kansas City have been released, Of the three remaining, one is in stable condition. The other two remain in critical condition. Nine of 12 people taken to Children’s Mercy hospital in Kansas City after the shooting were released by Thursday afternoon. As families across Kansas City cope with the aftermath of Wednesday's shooting, local officials and groups are offering mental health resources to help the community heal. Children's Mercy Hospital launched a guide for parents and children on mental health resources, including how to talk to kids about a traumatic event and when to seek help. The Jackson County prosecutor's office arranged free counseling sessions and a hotline, and Kansas City has a general list of mental health resources for residents.


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