February 14, 2024, was supposed to be a joyous day for ebullient Kansas City Chiefs fans, who were celebrating the Chiefs’ victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII, their second such victory in as many years. More than 800 law enforcement officers were present to protect the estimated one million attendees.  Less than a minute passed between the time when 23-year-old Lyndell Mays pulled out his stolen Glock 9mm parabellum pistol and opened fire, and the last shots rang out.  A Taurus G3 9mm parabellum pistol was also recovered, linked to 18-year-old Dominic Miller, with police stating additional firearms were recovered as well.

Police respond after the first sound of shots fired.

By the time it was over,  Lisa Lopez-Galvan, a well-known local DJ, was dead and more than two dozen injured: half of those under the age of 16, according to Kansas City Missouri Police (KCPD) Chief Stacey Graves. Both Mr. Mays and Mr. Miller were arrested several days after the shooting, although two juveniles were arrested almost immediately.  While the juveniles have not been identified, police did disclose they were being detained on firearm and resisting arrest charges.

Sadly, nothing is new about another mass shooting in America, but what made this one more notable was its connection to the Super Bowl winning Chiefs, and the high body count, with nine children shot. Mr. Mays and Mr. Miller are currently being held on $1 million bond, charged with four felony counts each, including second-degree murder. Additionally, Kansas City, Missouri, has long been plagued with substantial gun crime, so much so that in 2020, it was selected as one of nine cities for a firearms violent crime surge by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), FBI, DEA, and the United States Marshals Service working jointly with their state and local counterparts. Named Operation LeGend, Department of Justice criminal investigators focused on nine U.S. cities to target trigger pullers and those responsible for firearms-related violent crime. In fact, according to 2023 data reviewed by the Associated Press, Kansas City set a homicide record last year, with the vast majority of their 185 murders having been committed with firearms.