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Two adults charged with murder in parade shooting

Two adults charged with murder in parade shooting

Two men have been charged with felony murder on Tuesday in the mass shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl celebration last week.

Lyndell Mays of Raytown (Mo.) and Dominic M. Miller of Kansas City each face one count of second-degree murder, Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced in an afternoon news conference.

Mays and Miller also have been charged with two counts of armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. They are both being held on $1 million bond.

Local radio personality Lisa Lopez-Galvan was killed in the shooting and at least 39 others were injured, per the Kansas City Star.

Per Peters Baker, Mays was involved in an argument with another person and drew a handgun. Miller and others, in turn, responded by drawing their weapons, but Miller's weapon allegedly fired and killed Lopez-Galvan, Peters Baker said.

"We seek to hold every shooter accountable for their actions on that day -- every single one," the prosecutor said. "While we are not there yet on every single individual, we're going to get there."

Two juveniles were charged in connection to the shootings at the celebration.

The shootings occurred outside popular Union Station on Wednesday on a day in which roughly 1 million people turned out to celebrate Kansas City's Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 11. There were more than 800 police officers in the vicinity.

Rams name seven newcomers to coaching staff

Rams name seven newcomers to coaching staff

The Los Angeles Rams announced seven additions to their coaching staff under Sean McVay on Tuesday, as well as the official promotion of Chris Shula to defensive coordinator.

Shula, who was the Rams' pass-rush coordinator and linebackers coach last season, has been on the team's staff since 2017. The son of former Cincinnati Bengals head coach David Shula and grandson of Hall of Fame coach Don Shula, he landed his new position after Raheem Morris departed to take over as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

The defensive staff will undergo an overhaul, with Giff Smith announced as the defensive line coach/run game coordinator, while Greg Williams arrives as the inside linebackers coach.

Smith was the interim head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers last season after Brandon Staley was fired. Williams was the passing game coordinator for the Green Bay Packers last season after he was an NFL defensive coach since 2009 with four different teams.

Other new additions to the staff include John Streicher as game management coordinator, Rob Calabrese as an offensive assistant, Dave Ragone as quarterbacks coach, Chili Davis as assistant special teams coach and Nate Scheelhaase as an offensive assistant/pass game specialist.

Remaining with the staff under increased responsibilities is tight ends coach Nick Caley, who also will take on pass-game coordinator duties.

Report: Cowboys' Tyron Smith wants to return for 14th season

Report: Cowboys' Tyron Smith wants to return for 14th season

Eight-time Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith does not plan to retire and hopes to return for a 14th season with the Cowboys in 2024, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Smith, 33, is scheduled to become a free agent in March.

Including 13 in 2023, Smith has started in all 161 games he has played since Dallas drafted him ninth overall in 2011.

Returning to the Cowboys is no guarantee. Smith has not played a full season since 2015 due to injuries and Dallas drafted his heir apparent, Tyler Smith, in the first round in 2022.

Head coach Mike McCarthy addressed the veteran lineman's situation at his season-ending press conference last month.

"I think the biggest thing for Tyron is, talking about the path of the season and the training plan that was in place for him, this is clearly his best season that I have experienced with him since 2020," McCarthy said. "So, he felt good about that. I think the fact that he's not going into the offseason with offseason surgeries is a plus. We'll continue to talk as we move forward."

Patriots captain Matthew Slater retires after 16 seasons

Patriots captain Matthew Slater retires after 16 seasons

New England Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater announced his retirement Tuesday after 16 seasons.

The three-time Super Bowl champion holds the NFL record for special teams players with 10 Pro Bowl selections.

Slater, 38, played in 264 games (including playoffs) for the Patriots from 2008-23, second only to Tom Brady (326).

"I have given all that I possibly can to respect and honor the game," he wrote in a lengthy post on social media. "Though it is time for my relationship with the game to evolve, the love I have for it will last a lifetime."

Originally drafted as a wide receiver in the fifth round in 2008, Slater made his impact on special teams. He served as a kick returner on and off between 2008 and 2016 and amassed 191 tackles in kick and punt coverage.

"In 2008, I came here as a young man with hopes and dreams," Slater wrote. "In 2024, I can retire knowing this experience has exceeded any hope or dream I ever had."

What to know as the NFL franchise tag window opens

What to know as the NFL franchise tag window opens

Unavoidable and detested by most who are eligible, the NFL's annual tag game begins Tuesday.

All 32 teams are allowed to play the not-so-popular franchise tag game, a roster-building accounting mechanism available to help those clubs retain free agents without the long-term demands and salary cap strain of a multi-year contract with numerous guaranteed elements.

Starting Tuesday and through March 5, teams can use the non-exclusive franchise tag -- easily the most common -- to promise a one-year salary for 2024 that is set using the value equal to the average of the top five salaries at the player's position over the last five years.

If tagged with the non-exclusive marker, players who would otherwise be unrestricted free agents can still talk deals with other teams. However, the current team retains refusal rights -- meaning it can match any offer a suitor proposes -- or opt instead to receive two first-round draft picks as compensation if he signs with another club.

No outside negotiations are allowed for players who are hit with the exclusive franchise tag. That tag also raises the pay for the player in question to a one-year salary equal to the top five salaries at the player's position for the current year -- as opposed to the past five years -- or 120 percent of his prior year's salary, whichever is greater.

A transition tag, which comes with a player salary equal to the average of the top five salaries at the position over the past 10 years, maintains refusal rights for the existing or current team. But if said team declines to match an offer sheet made to that player, they receive no compensation for losing him to a new team.

DEADLINES, ET CETERA

Teams can use the transition or franchise tags through 4:00 p.m. ET on March 5.

Any player tagged can negotiate toward a long-term contract until July 15.

Players are not required to sign a tender offer as a transition or franchise player and cannot be fined for not participating in offseason workouts.

Failure to sign the tender and report to the team for the regular season can disqualify that player from accruing a season of service and impact eligibility for free agency and other player benefits.

NUMBERS GAME

Contract figures reflecting the market value by position showed a stark decline for running backs last season, much to the dismay of tagged Giants running back Saquon Barkley and 2022 NFL rushing leader Josh Jacobs of the Raiders.

Below are the non-exclusive franchise tag values at every position for 2024:

Quarterback: $36,367,000

Running Back: $11,348,000

Linebacker: $22,794,000

Defensive Tackle: $20,986,000

Wide Receiver: $20,714,000

Defensive End: $20,247,000

Offensive Line: $19,925,000

Cornerback: $18,802,000

Safety: $16,258,000

Tight End: $12,151,000

Kicker/Punter: $5,682,000

WHO'S IT?

Here are five candidates to be tagged by their current NFL teams:

1. DE Brian Burns, Panthers

Contract talks went sideways last summer and Burns is on the record stating he wants to be the NFL's highest-paid pass-rusher. Finding traction in that stratosphere might be challenging after an 8.0-sack season in 2023. With little draft capital, can the Panthers afford to watch him walk?

2. RB Josh Jacobs, Raiders

Backpedaling from the NFL rushing title to 805 yards in 2023 shifts leverage to the Raiders.

3. CB Jaylon Johnson, Bears

Johnson is among the top cover corners in the NFL and wants to be paid like one. The Bears might want to see it one more year before paying up. GM Ryan Pace tipped his hand here with the release of Cody Whitehair and Eddie Jackson.

4. DT Justin Madubuike, Ravens

Baltimore tagged, then re-signed, quarterback Lamar Jackson before he delivered his second MVP season in 2023. Madubuike had a breakout season with 13.0 sacks and 33 QB hits to continue his rise from third-round pick to second-team All-Pro. He's just 26 years old.

5. WR Michael Pittman Jr, Colts

At $20.7 million for 2024, the Colts get to keep Pittman and pair him with 2023 draft pick Anthony Richardson at quarterback for a full test run. Pittman could be the most coveted free agent receiver available if he's not tagged.

Veteran RB Mike Davis retires

Veteran RB Mike Davis retires

Mike Davis, who suited up as a running back for six teams across eight NFL seasons, announced his retirement on Monday.

Davis, who did not play in 2023, took to social media with a message of gratitude on his 31st birthday.

"As I turn 31 today, I sit back and look on my NFL career and how thankful I am to be apart of a brotherhood," he wrote. "This game has allowed me to make a lot of friends and memories. I'm grateful for every organization in NFL. With that being said I'm retiring!"

Davis broke into the league as a fourth-round draft pick in 2015 by the San Francisco 49ers.

In 87 career games (30 starts) for the Niners (2015-16), Seattle Seahawks (2017-18), Chicago Bears (2019), Carolina Panthers (2019-20), Atlanta Falcons (2021) and Baltimore Ravens (2022), Davis amassed 2,052 yards on 3.7 yards per carry with 14 touchdowns. He also collected 171 receptions for 1,066 yards and four receiving touchdowns.

He started 12 games for the Panthers in 2020 (15 total appearances) and posted career bests of 642 rushing yards, six touchdowns, 59 catches, 373 yards and two touchdown receptions.

Chiefs' Nick Bolton fined for Super Bowl horse-collar tackle

Chiefs' Nick Bolton fined for Super Bowl horse-collar tackle

The NFL fined Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton $8,238 for his horse-collar tackle of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy in Super Bowl LVIII.

The incident drew a 15-yard penalty in the second quarter of the Chiefs' 25-22 overtime victory in Las Vegas on Feb. 11.

Bolton's fine, confirmed on Monday, was the only one issued for an infraction committed in that game. Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Sneed drew a personal foul for unnecessary roughness but was not fined.

Bolton, 23, tied San Francisco's Fred Warner for the game-high with 13 tackles. Bolton added one tackle for loss and two quarterback hits against the 49ers.

A second-round pick by the Chiefs in 2021, Bolton has recorded 352 tackles, two sacks and three interceptions in 41 career regular-season games (37 starts).

Patriots OT Trent Brown set to become free agent

Patriots OT Trent Brown set to become free agent

The contract of New England Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown is set to void Monday, making the former Pro Bowl selection a free agent next month.

The Patriots will carry a $2 million dead cap hit in 2024.

Brown, 30, just completed his third season with the club, playing in just 11 games (eight starts). It was his second stint with New England after winning a Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2018.

Brown has played in 100 career games (93 starts) with the San Francisco 49ers (2015-17), Raiders (2019-20) and Patriots. He has earned more than $65 million, according to Spotrac, as a seventh-round pick of the Niners in the 2015 draft.

Ravens sign WR Nelson Agholor to 1-year extension

Ravens sign WR Nelson Agholor to 1-year extension

Wide receiver Nelson Agholor signed a one-year contract extension with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Agholor's contract would have voided on Monday, making him a free agent, if the Ravens did not re-sign him. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Agholor, 30, joined the Ravens last offseason and caught 35 passes for 381 yards and four touchdowns in 17 games (three starts) in his first season in Baltimore. He added his first career playoff touchdown in Baltimore's 34-10 divisional round win over the Houston Texans.

The 2015 first-round draft pick by the Philadelphia Eagles is primed to enter his 10th season in the NFL. After spending five years in Philadelphia, he has had stints with the Las Vegas Raiders (2020), New England Patriots (2021-22) and Ravens.

In 135 career games (98 starts), Agholor has amassed 375 receptions, 4,627 yards and 35 touchdowns.

HOF Selection Steve McMichael improving, could leave hospital Tuesday

HOF Selection Steve McMichael improving, could leave hospital Tuesday

Former Chicago Bears great and Hall of Fame selection Steve McMichael is reportedly improving from a staph infection, and his family hopes he leave the hospital for home as soon as Tuesday, McMichael's wife said in a statement to the Associated Press on Sunday.

"He's one tough guy," McMichael's wife, Misty, told the AP. "He's Mongo and his DNA is different! Keep those prayers coming! Thank you!"

McMichael, 66, was rushed to the hospital Thursday with what was thought to be pneumonia. He was later diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and responded well to antibiotics. He was expected to leave the hospital in a matter of days until the diagnosis of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, reported by his family on Saturday.

McMichael was diagnosed with ALS in 2021 and has battled other health issues since, including sepsis and pneumonia.

Jarett Payton, the son of Bears great Walter Payton, has been sharing information from the McMichael family on X. On Sunday afternoon, Payton posted, "Great news -- Mongo is feeling better and he's responding well to the antibiotics. The hope is to have him back at home on Tuesday. Please keep sending up your thoughts and prayers for Steve and his family."

The longtime Chicago Bears defensive tackle, known to friends and teammates as "Mongo," appeared in 191 games with the Bears over 13 seasons. He began his career with the New England Patriots in 1980 and finished it with the Green Bay Packers in 1994.

In between, McMichael was a member of the famed 1985 Bears Super Bowl championship team and a two-time All-Pro.

For his career (213 games), he totaled 95 sacks, 847 tackles, 13 fumbles forced and 17 fumble recoveries.

McMichael is set to be inducted into the Hall in Canton, Ohio alongside other Bears stars Devin Hester and Julius Peppers in August.

HOF selection Steve McMichael undergoes blood transfusion

HOF selection Steve McMichael undergoes blood transfusion

Former Chicago Bears great and Hall of Fame selection Steve McMichael underwent a blood transfusion Saturday after being diagnosed with MRSA, a staph infection that's resistant to many antibiotics, his longtime publicist announced Saturday.

His family asked for prayers.

McMichael, 66, was rushed to the hospital Thursday with what was thought to be pneumonia. He was later diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and responded well to antibiotics. He was expected to leave the hospital in a matter of days until the diagnosis of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus.

McMichael was diagnosed with ALS in 2021 and has battled other health issues since, including sepsis and pneumonia.

The longtime Chicago Bears defensive tackle, known to friends and teammates as "Mongo," appeared in 191 games with the Bears over 13 seasons. He began his career with the New England Patriots in 1980 and finished it with the Green Bay Packers in 1994.

In between, McMichael was a member of the famed 1985 Bears Super Bowl championship team and a two-time All-Pro.

For his career (213 games), he totaled 95 sacks, 847 tackles, 13 fumbles forced and 17 fumble recoveries.

McMichael is set to be inducted into the Hall in Canton, Ohio alongside other Bears stars Devin Hester and Julius Peppers in August.

Report: Chiefs pick up contract option on star DT Chris Jones

Report: Chiefs pick up contract option on star DT Chris Jones

The Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs have picked up the contract option on star defensive tackle Chris Jones and will keep the right to place a franchise tag on him in the offseason, according to an NFL Network report Friday.

The Chiefs paid him $4.25 million he had earned in incentives under a one-year contract he signed last September after his holdout from training camp through Week 1 of the 2023 season, according to the report.

The 2024 projected franchise tag for a defensive tackle is $19,753,000 based on the top five salaries at the position, according to Over The Cap. Jones would become a free agent in March if Kansas City doesn't use the tag or reach an agreement with him.

Jones, 29, was first-team All-Pro in 2022 and 2023 and a five-time Pro Bowl selection. He tied for the team lead this season with 10.5 sacks, and led the Chiefs with 13 tackles for loss and 29 quarterback hits in 16 games (all starts).

One of the standouts for the Chiefs in their overtime victory over San Francisco last Sunday in Super Bowl LVIII, Jones had six quarterback pressures, including on a third-and-4 to force the 49ers to kick a field goal.

Jones has played his entire eight-year career in Kansas City, which selected him in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Mississippi State. He has 75.5 career sacks and 273 tackles, including 30 this past season.

Also on Friday, the Chiefs announced they have extended the contract of special teams coordinator Dave Toub after 11 seasons in Kansas City.

A member of head coach Andy Reid's initial staff with the Chiefs, Toub, 61, added the title of assistant head coach in 2018.

Two juveniles charged in Chiefs' celebration shootings

Two juveniles charged in Chiefs' celebration shootings

Two juveniles have been charged in connection to the shootings at the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl celebration, the Jackson County Family Court announced Friday.

The Court said the juveniles were charged Thursday on gun-related and resisting arrest charges. The news release said more charges could be added in relation to Wednesday's shootings in which one person was killed and 22 others were injured.

"It is anticipated that additional charges are expected in the future as the investigation by the Kansas City Police Department continues," the statement said.

Missouri law prevents hearings involving juveniles to be open to the public.

The shootings occurred outside popular Union Station on Wednesday on a day in which roughly 1 million people turned out to celebrate Kansas City's Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. There were more than 800 police officers in the vicinity.

Kansas City police chief Stacey Graves said Thursday that the gunshot victims ranged from ages 8 to 47 with half of them under 16.

Disc jockey Lisa Lopez-Galvan, 43, was shot during the celebration and died.

The mother of two hosted a radio show on a local station and had deep Kansas City roots. She also leaves behind a husband of 22 years.

At a vigil Thursday night in Kansas City, childhood friend Christina Nunez remembered Lopez-Galvan.

"She was here to do good, she was a good person," Nunez said. "This was senseless. And it's just so hard to understand. I hope that we can learn from this, but I hate that God took such a beautiful person. It's going to take a long time for a lot of us to understand and heal from this. It's just a tragedy."

Singer Taylor Swift donated $100,000 to the family of Lopez-Galvan on a GoFundMe page, Variety confirmed through Swift's representative.

"Sending my deepest sympathies and condolences in the wake of your devastating loss. With love, Taylor Swift," said the post.

Swift is dating Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce.

As of Friday afternoon, the GoFundMe page has raised more than $281,000.

Also, the Chiefs launched "Kansas City Strong" in partnership with the Kansas City branch of the United Way on Friday. The team said it is " an emergency response fund supporting victims and their families, violence prevention and mental health services, and first responders."

The team donated $200,000 to the fund, saying it aims to support victims and first responders in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Report: Raiders QB Jimmy Garoppolo to receive 2-game ban

Report: Raiders QB Jimmy Garoppolo to receive 2-game ban

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is being suspended two games by the NFL for violating the league's performance-enhancing substances policy, multiple outlets reported on Friday.

Per reports, Garoppolo used a prescribed medication without having a valid therapeutic use exemption from the NFL.

The Raiders are expected to part ways with Garoppolo prior to the fifth day of the new league year in March. He is due to receive an $11.25 million roster bonus if he remained with the team at that time. Under the terms of his contract, the suspension will void another $11.25 million in guaranteed salary, per Spotrac.

Should that be the case, Las Vegas would have last year's rookie Aidan O'Connell and veteran Brian Hoyer as quarterbacks on its roster entering the new league year.

Garoppolo, 32, was benched after Josh McDaniels was fired as the Raiders' head coach on Nov. 1, save for a spot appearance in which he had one incomplete pass and a sack in the team's season finale against the Denver Broncos on Jan. 7.

Garoppolo completed 65.1 percent of his throws for 1,205 yards with seven touchdowns and nine interceptions in seven games this past season.

HOF selection Steve McMichael hospitalized

HOF selection Steve McMichael hospitalized

Steve McMichael, recently selected to join the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the 2024 class of inductees, has been hospitalized with suspected pneumonia, his longtime publicist announced Thursday.

McMichael, 66, was diagnosed with ALS in 2021 and has battled other health issues since, including sepsis and pneumonia.

The longtime Chicago Bears defensive tackle, known to friends and teammates as "Mongo," appeared in 191 games with the Bears over 13 seasons. He began his career with the New England Patriots in 1980 and finished it with the Green Bay Packers in 1994.

In between, McMichael was a member of the famed 1985 Bears Super Bowl championship team and a two-time All-Pro.

For his career (213 games), he totaled 95 sacks, 847 tackles, 13 fumbles forced and 17 fumble recoveries.

McMichael is set to be inducted into the Hall alongside other Bears stars Devin Hester and Julius Peppers in August.

Report: 49ers LB Dre Greenlaw has Achilles surgery

Report: 49ers LB Dre Greenlaw has Achilles surgery

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw had successful surgery Thursday to repair his torn Achilles, NFL Network reported.

Greenlaw was injured when he began to run on to the field following a punt during the second quarter of Super Bowl LVIII last Sunday in Las Vegas. The standout defender suffered a full tear and could miss the start of the 2024 season.

He had three tackles in the 49ers' 25-22 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Greenlaw, who turns 27 in May, was a fifth-round pick by San Francisco in 2019. He collected 120 tackles along with four passes defended, 1.5 sacks and four quarterback hits this past season (15 games), and he had two interceptions during the team's three postseason games.

Chicago Bears release veterans S Eddie Jackson, OL Cody Whitehair

Chicago Bears release veterans S Eddie Jackson, OL Cody Whitehair

The Chicago Bears said goodbye Thursday to two of their longest-tenured veterans, releasing offensive lineman Cody Whitehair and safety Eddie Jackson, the team announced Thursday.

Both players were drafted by the Bears and have spent their entire careers in Chicago.

The moves reportedly saved the Bears -- who have the No. 1 pick in this year's draft -- $21.71 million against the 2024 salary cap. The Bears now have $67 million in available cap space, third-most in the league, according to Over the Cap.

Jackson, 30, came to the Bears in 2017 as a fourth-round pick out of Alabama. All 100 appearances over seven seasons were starts, and he racked up 459 tackles, 15 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.

Named first-team All-Pro in 2018 and to the Pro Bowl in 2018 and 2019, Jackson's six defensive touchdowns tied him with Lance Briggs for third in Bears history, behind only Charles Tillman (nine) and Mike Brown (seven).

A foot injury ended Jackson's 2022 season in Week 12 and limited him to 12 games in 2023, when he notched 37 tackles, one interception and five pass breakups.

Whitehair, 31, was drafted out of Kansas State in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He played both center and guard in 124 games (118 starts) over eight seasons with the Bears.

Whitehair was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2018, when the Bears finished 12-4 on the way to the NFC North title.

The moves make long-snapper Patrick Scales, who joined the team in 2015, the longest-tenured Bear.

Report: Seahawks quarantee 2024 salary of QB Geno Smith

Report: Seahawks quarantee 2024 salary of QB Geno Smith

The Seattle Seahawks are keeping quarterback Geno Smith on the roster this week, guaranteeing his $12.7 million salary, ESPN reported Thursday.

The team had until Friday to release him to save the money.

He also has a roster bonus of $9.6 million that is due on March 17.

The immediate move either buys the Seahawks time to trade Smith or gives new head coach Mike Macdonald and recently hired offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb an opportunity to chart a path at the QB position.

Backup quarterback Drew Lock will become an unrestricted free agent next month.

With the high cost of starting quarterbacks, Smith could be an affordable option for a team looking for a quarterback, or for the Seahawks as they build their 2024 roster.

Smith has been steady at the position over the past two seasons for the Seahawks since replacing Russell Wilson as the starter. A Pro Bowl selection in both 2022 and 2023, Smith threw for 3,624 yards with 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season.

The Seahawks have the No. 16 overall selection in the upcoming NFL draft but don't have a pick in the second round. That's where the latest mock drafts from 247Sports and The Athletic project quarterback Michael Penix Jr. will be selected. He ran Grubb's offense at Washington, where Grubb was the offensive coordinator.

Amid parade shooting chaos, Chiefs provided some calm

Amid parade shooting chaos, Chiefs provided some calm

The investigation into a mass shooting at the end of the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl parade and rally continued Thursday as details emerged about the role some of the Chiefs had in calming their community.

One person was killed and 21 injured - seven critically -- in the shooting near a parking garage west of Union Station, where an estimated 1 million people had gathered as players and team personnel took the stage to celebrate with fans.

The wounded included nine children.

Stacey Graves, the city's police chief, said Wednesday night three people had been detained. At a news conference Thursday morning, officials reported that indications are the shooting was a result of an argument between people attending the parade that resulted in gunfire, but Graves declined to provide further details as the investigation continues.

Earlier Thursday, speaking on "Good Morning America," Chiefs offensive lineman Trey Smith recounted the horror and the role he and a teammate played in helping others.

"I just remember the security guards ushering us through the doors quickly, saying, 'Come on, hurry up, hurry up, hurry up,'" Smith, 24, said about how he learned of the active shooter. "'This is not a joke. It's a life and death situation.'"

Smith said he and long snapper James Winchester found a closet to hide in along with 20 or so others, and he credited Winchester for calming others.

Smith said he also encountered a young boy frightened after the joyous festivities turned terrifying.

"This little boy was with his father. He was a little hysterical. He just panicked. He was scared. He doesn't know what's going on," Smith said. "I had the WWE belt the entire parade and I was thinking, what can I do to help him out? I just handed him the belt and said, 'Hey buddy, you're the champion. No one is gonna hurt you. No one's gonna hurt you, man. We got your back.'"

Gabe Wallace, a local high school student, attended the parade with a friend, and the two ran as they heard shots break out. He told The Kansas City Star how he wound up safely inside Union Station, where Chiefs head coach Andy Reid reached out to comfort him.

"He was kind of hugging me, just like, ‘Are you OK, man? Are you OK? Just please breathe,'" Wallace told the newspaper. "He was being real nice and everything.

"He left to check on other people, I'm pretty sure."

Report: 1 dead in shooting near end of Chiefs' SB parade

Report: 1 dead in shooting near end of Chiefs' SB parade

One person was killed and at least 10 people were injured Wednesday when gun shots were fired at the conclusion of the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl parade and celebration, according to multiple reports.

There was no official word from the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, which said that shots were fired and that "multiple people were struck."

Three people were taken into custody, per the media report. Police said "more investigation" was underway.

The reported shooting occurred near a parking garage west of Union Station, where a large crowd had gathered as players and team personnel took the stage to celebrate with fans mostly clad in Chiefs red.

Videos posted to X, formerly Twitter, show Chiefs fans running away from Union Station after the ceremony had ended.

"Anyone nearby needs to leave the area as quickly and safely as possible to facilitate treatment of the shooting victims," the KC police department posted to X. "Please avoid the Union Station parking garage area to allow first responders through."

The Chiefs were celebrating their 25-22 Super Bowl LVIII victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Las Vegas. It was the team's second consecutive championship and third in five seasons. The Chiefs have appeared in four of the past five Super Bowls.

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