A gunman began to fire on a line of people waiting to get into a Kansas City bar, killing one ere he was gunned down by a security guard — a fatal end to a night of celebrations as the Chiefs advanced to the Super Bowl, authorities said.
The shooting happened nearby 11:30 p.m. outside the 9ine Ulta Lounge, where revelers gathered for an event that arrived to celebrate the Chiefs’ victory.
Officials responding to the Noland Road bar, near US Highway 40, discovered a man and woman lifeless in the parking lot, police said on Twitter. The male victim is considered to have been the shooter.
As the inquiry unfolded, police determined that at least 15 other victims appeared at local hospitals, at least three in critical condition.
Kansas City police Capt. David Jackson told newsmen that police found a “chaotic scene, with several people running around” — and needed to call in further officers from across the city for support.
Shooting outside nightclub wounds 15 people, 3 are in critical condition at area hospitals.
One woman was killed at the scene.
An armed security guard shot and killed the alleged gunman.
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The details and motives behind the shooting are under inquiry.
Police have not cleared the names of the two people killed, pending family notification.
“We don’t know if there was any particular person targeted or disturbance yet,” Jackson said. “We’re still examining what led up to this. We’re not conscious of a specific type of firearm or anything at this point.”
The lounge was carrying a “Sold Out Sundays” event, according to the first post on its Facebook page. The Chiefs — highlighted on the event’s artwork — earned their place in the big game later defeating the Tennessee Titans, 35-24.
“It just put such a sad end to such a wonderful day in Kansas City,” Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said at the scene. “It’s just difficult to stand here and talk regarding this kind of tragedy on really one of the best days Kansas City has had in a long time.”