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2 juveniles charged in Kansas City Chiefs victory parade shooting

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas responds to a question at a press conference Feb. 15, 2024, about the Chiefs parade shooting. Next to him are Fire Chief Ross Grundyson and Police Chief Stacey Graves.
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Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas responds to a question at a press conference Feb. 15, 2024, about the Chiefs parade shooting. Next to him are Fire Chief Ross Grundyson and Police Chief Stacey Graves.

Jackson County charged two 16-year-olds with gun offenses and resisting arrest in connection with the Chiefs victory parade shooting that killed one and injured 24. Now, one of the teens faces felony charges for unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest.

One of the 16-year-olds arrested in connection with the Chiefs victory parade shooting now faces more serious felony charges.

The Jackson County Office of the Juvenile Officer announced the amended charges, saying it had received additional evidence. The 16-year-old, who has been held since the February 14 parade, was arraigned today on a felony charge of unlawful use of a weapon by shooting at a person and felony resisting arrest.

The teen also faces a family court hearing on whether he should stand trial as an adult.

The other 16-year-old who was charged at the same time as the first teen remains at the Juvenile Detention Center on gun charges.

In all, two minorsand two adults have been charged in the Super Bowl parade shootings. Anotherthree men face federal firearms charges in connection with the parade investigation.

The original story continues below.

Jackson County's Office of the Juvenile Officer charged two people under 18 with gun charges and resisting arrest on Thursday, in connection with the shooting at the end of the Chiefs parade and rally at Union Station.

They are not charged in adult court because the two are juveniles — which also means officials are not releasing their names.

The pair are charged with gun-related and resisting arrest charges. According to the release, additional charges will likely be filed in the future as the Kansas City Police Department continues to investigate the shooting.

They are being held in secure detention.

KCPD Chief Stacey Graves said she was grateful for the charges against the “juveniles who hurt innocent people, simultaneously scarring an entire community.”

“Our investigators have poured themselves into this investigation, and it continues,” Graves said in a statement. “We will not relent until everyone who may have played a part in these crimes is apprehended so that they may be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said her office coordinated with the juvenile court on the charges and will continue to support the Kansas City Police Department on the investigation.

“We expect to be at future hearings regarding these individuals who were charged today in Family Court,” Baker said in a statement. “We will continue to work closely with all authorities as the investigation continues. We are grateful for the collaboration and partnership with these juvenile officers.”

In a statement on X, Mayor Quinton Lucas thanked law enforcement for bringing charges against the minors.

Police believe the shooting occurred because of a dispute, and not because of terrorism or extremism.

One person, local KKFI radio DJ Lisa Lopez-Galvan, was killed. An additional 22 people were injured, and though many have been released from the hospital, three are still in critical condition.

Of the shooting victims, nine were children. And several other people were injured and treated at local hospitals from injuries stemming from the chaos at Union Station after the shooting.

Another man, Jose Castillo, has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm — a class D felony that could carry a sentence of up to seven years in prison.

Castillo, who was near Union Station when shots were fired, allegedly picked up a handgun dropped by one of the people fighting at the Chiefs rally when shots broke out. According to charging documents, Castillo took a Glock 22 handgun and threw it down when he was ordered to the ground.

Upon his arrest, Castillo stated that he “thought the firearm might have belonged to an officer” and was going to give it to the KCPD but was taken into custody. He said he walked away from the area when shots rang out, initially believing they were fireworks, but headed back when he saw the gun on the ground.

Castillo is currently in the Jackson County Detention Center, where he remains on a $25,000 bond. He made his initial appearance Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Speaking on a radio talk show Thursday, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson — who was at Union Station with his wife when the shooting occurred but escaped safely — blamed the shooting on "thugs and criminals."

“It’s just sad," Parson said. "I was there yesterday. I feel for these parents, these kids, everything that went on, it was such a wonderful day and then all of a sudden you end with that.”

Numerous Kansas City leaders and area lawmakers have called for action on gun safety in the wake of the shooting. However, Missouri law prevents local governments from passing gun legislation.

As of Friday morning, Kansas City, Missouri, Police had logged 15 homicides, including the death at Union Station. Last year, Kansas City set a record for homicides, at 185.

Updated: March 20, 2024 at 11:27 AM CDT
This story was updated on March 19, 2024 with additional charges.
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