KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As Kansas City tries to recover after the mass shooting that turned the Super Bowl celebration into chaos, police are working with juvenile prosecutors to determine what will happen next with the two young men in custody.

A mother of two was killed and 22 people were wounded by gunfire Wednesday afternoon, when gunfire erupted amid a crowd of fans gathered at a rally in front of Union Station after a parade through the city. Police Chief Stacey Graves said Thursday that the victims ranged in age from 8 to 47, and half were under 16 years old.

Police initially detained three juveniles, but released one who they determined was not involved in the shooting. No charges have been filed against the two who remain detained. Police are looking for others who may have been involved and are calling for witnesses, victims and people with videos of the violence on their cellphones to call a dedicated hotline.

Police spokeswoman Alayna González said in an email that police are working with juvenile prosecutors “to review the results of the investigation and determine applicable charges. The juvenile court system determines the custody status of all juvenile arrests.”

The shooting outside Union Station occurred despite the presence of more than 800 police officers who were in and around the building, including on top of nearby structures, said Mayor Quinton Lucas, who attended with his wife and mother and ran to catch fire. safe when the shots were fired. They got fired. But he doesn’t expect to cancel the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day parade.

“We have parades all the time. I don’t think they’ll finish. We certainly recognized the public safety challenges and the issues related to them,” Lucas said.

Wednesday’s celebration was the third such parade since 2020, and the others were violence-free. People filled the parade route, and fans climbed trees and street poles to get a better view. Players rode on double-decker buses as DJs and drummers announced their arrival.

The demonstration had just ended and the music was still blaring when the shooting began. At first, many people thought they were hearing fireworks. Some in the crowd fell to the ground while others jumped over barriers and ran, some carrying children in their arms.

Finally, the stunned rallygoers, many of them crying, gathered their belongings and tried to figure out how to get home. Strangers consoled each other as police taped the crime scene where moments before there had been a joyous celebration.

The police chief said probably a million people attended the parade, which took place in a city of about 470,000 people and a metropolitan area of ​​about 2 million, but he stressed that the violence was sparked by only a handful of people.

“The response of law enforcement was exemplary. The attendees also responded,” Graves added.

Among them was Trey Filter, who was walking to the car with his family when he heard shouts of “get him.”

Filter, 40, who lives outside Wichita, Kansas, saw a person running away, prompting him and another passerby to try to tackle him. Filter finally jumped on top of the person.

“I don’t know what the hell I was thinking,” recalls the owner of an asphalt and concrete company. “We said, ‘We’ve got it.’ I will always remember that. And then they started yelling, ‘There’s a gun!’”

The gun fell near his wife, Casey Filter, who picked it up. At the time, the fleeing person was under a dogpile about 10 feet (3 meters) away.

Police did not identify Filter as the man who intervened or specifically say whether the person he approached was a suspect.

Hank Hunter, a high school sophomore from Kansas, said he heard gunshots in the distance while watching the demonstration with a friend. At first they didn’t know what it was, but then, “like a chain reaction,” people began to fall to the ground.

They ran to jump a barricade and his friend crashed his head on the concrete, Hunter said. A security guard ushered his friend into Union Station, which was closed to the general public, as Chiefs players and coaches prepared to leave on buses. There, coach Andy Reid comforted his friend and “just tried to comfort him and calm him down.”

The murdered woman was identified by radio station KKFI-FM as Lisa López-Galván, host of “Taste of Tejano.”

López Galván, whose DJ name was “Lisa G,” was an outgoing and devoted mother from a prominent Latino family in the area, said Rosa Izurieta and Martha Ramírez, two childhood friends who worked with her at a staffing company.

“She’s the type of person who would jump in front of a bullet for anyone; that would be Lisa,” Izurieta said.

Kansas City has long struggled with gun violence and in 2020 was among nine cities targeted by the U.S. Department of Justice in an effort to combat violent crime. In 2023, the city tied a record with 182 homicides, most of which involved firearms.

Lucas has joined mayors across the country in calling for new laws to reduce gun violence, including requiring universal background checks.

Children’s Mercy Kansas City said all nine gunshot victims brought there were expected to recover. But Stephanie Meyer, the hospital’s chief nursing officer, said the children are scared and will need mental health support. Hospital staff are also struggling.

“They are struggling just like you and I, and they are incredibly heartbroken that this happened in our backyard,” said Dr. Stephanie Burrus, the hospital’s director of wellness. “And we all train for this, we are all prepared to take care of these children. But that does not negate the fact that it is still not normal for people to see many, many people injured by gunshots.”


McFetridge reported from Des Moines, Iowa, and Funk reported from Omaha, Nebraska. Associated Press writers Jim Salter in St. Louis and John Hanna in Topeka, Kansas, contributed.

By Sam