Travis Kelce opens up on Kansas City Chiefs parade shooting

One individual had lost their life in the shooting, and 21 others sustained injuries from the gunfire

By Web Desk
February 15, 2024
Several Kansas City players took to social media after the harrowing incident - AFP

The celebrations swiftly turned to tragedy on Wednesday afternoon in Kansas City when gunfire erupted in the city centre towards the conclusion of the Kansas City Chiefs' celebratory Super Bowl LVIII championship parade.

As of early Thursday morning, one individual had lost their life in the shooting, and 21 others, including several children, sustained injuries from the gunfire, according to NBC News.

Several Kansas City players took to social media after the harrowing incident. Included was Travis Kelce, the Chiefs’ longest-tenured player who has called Kansas City home since 2013.

“I am heartbroken over the tragedy that took place today,” HE posted to X, formerly known as Twitter, on Wednesday evening. “My heart is with all who came out to celebrate with us and have been affected. KC, you mean the world to me.”

Meanwhile, quarterback Patrick Mahomes and linebacker Drue Tranquill also sent their condolences.

Additionally, the Chiefs' tight end's mother, Donna Kelce revealed the team was rushed back to Arrowhead Stadium "really fast" after the shooting.

"Everybody who was with the team, they got us out of there really fast," she told the Kansas City Star.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas confirmed that all Chiefs players and staff were safe and accounted for following the shooting.

The Chiefs' Vice President of Content and Production Robert G Alberino Jr also confirmed that the organisation's production crew, game day crew cheer team, flag team and mascots were all accounted for.

The Chiefs also released a statement of their own, which read: "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 NFL also said it was "deeply saddened" by the day's events while the Ravens, Raiders, Titans, Rams and Jets were among the teams to express their condolences as well.

Three people currently are in custody as a result of the shooting, according to NBC News. Local officials on Wednesday expressed belief that the motive behind the shooting was not terrorism.

Of the aforementioned 21 people who were shot, eight of them reportedly face “life-threatening” injuries. At least half of those 21 victims range in age between six and 15 years old.