Two men charged with murder over shooting at Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl celebrations

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Fans leave the area following the shooting. (Image: David Rainey-USA Today Sports, via Reuters)

Two men have been charged with murder in connection with a fatal shooting following the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory parade.

A woman was killed and 22 other people were injured in the 14 February shooting, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dominic Miller and Lyndell Mays have been charged with second-degree murder and other gun-related counts. Both men have been in hospital since the shooting, according to prosecutors.

The charges come after two juveniles were arrested last week on gun-related and resisting arrest charges.

Prosecutors said the charges against the two men are in addition to the arrest of the juveniles, and that more charges are possible.

“I do want you to understand – we seek to hold every shooter accountable for their actions on that day – every single one,” Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said in a news conference on Tuesday.

“So while we’re not there yet on every single individual, we’re going to get there.”

Police have said a dispute among several people led to the shooting.

It took place following a parade near the city’s landmark Union Station, where many thousands of fans had gathered as the Kansas City Chiefs celebrated their Super Bowl triumph over the San Francisco 49ers.

In a statement announcing the charges, the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office said: “According to court records, the defendants attended a Super Bowl parade and rally on 14 February and were armed with firearms.

“A verbal altercation occurred and gunfire broke out with no regard for thousands of other individuals in the area.”

At a press conference, a spokesperson said the police’s investigation showed the violence began when Mays became involved in a verbal argument with another person – who was a stranger to him.

The spokesperson told reporters their row “very quickly escalated,” with Mays pulling out a pistol, followed by others in the vicinity “almost immediately” drawing their weapons.

Kansas City Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy as their bus arrives at the victory rally in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024. The Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers Sunday in the NFL Super Bowl 58 football game. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)
The shooting unfolded following a parade for the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl win. (Image: AP)

 

While both Mays and Miller are charged with murder, Baker said the evidence shows it was gunfire from Miller’s weapon that struck and killed Elizabeth Lopez-Galvan – a 43-year-old radio presenter and mother-of-two.

Twenty-two other people, including at least nine children, the youngest of which was eight years old, were wounded, authorities said.

Following the shooting, Kansas City Chiefs star Travis Kelce donated $100,000 (£79,000) to two surviving victims.

His Eighty-Seven and Running foundation made two $50,000 (£40,000) donations to a GoFundMe raising money to provide financial support to two sisters injured during the shooting.

As well as Kelce’s donation, the sisters, aged 8 and 10, also received a visit from the team’s star quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, and his wife, Brittany.

Kelce’s girlfriend, the pop superstar Taylor Swift, who was at the¬†Super Bowl¬†but did not attend the victory parade, also¬†donated $100,000 (¬£79,000) to the family of the woman killed¬†in the shooting.

Source:  Sky News news.sky.com

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