Kansas City, MO – A woman was murdered and 15 more people were wounded when a gunman opened fire on a crowd outside a nightclub on Sunday night.
The attack occurred in the 4800-block of Noland Road at approximately 11:30 p.m., KCTV reported.
Kansas City police found a woman and the male shooter dead in the parking lot.
At least 15 other people were rushed to area hospitals.
Three of those victims are listed in critical condition.
According to investigators, the gunman opened fire on a line of patrons as they were waiting to get into the nightclub, KCTV reported.
When the gunfire erupted, the club’s armed security guard returned fire, killing the attacker.
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas released a statement thanking the security guard from stopping the gunman before more victims were wounded or killed.
“My thoughts are with the families and friends of those whose lives were lost or impacted by last night’s mass shooting,” Lucas tweeted early Monday morning. “Thankful security appears to have kept the situation from being even worse.”
Police have not released the potential motive behind the mass shooting.
Multiple weapons were recovered at the scene, KMBC reported.
“The next anticipated information release will most likely be the ID of deceased victims once the next of kin have been notified,” the Kansas City Police Department said in a statement to ABC News.
The deadly attack came just hours after the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Tennessee Titans in the AFC championship game, securing their place in this year’s Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years, USA Today reported.
“It just put such a tragic end to such a wonderful day in Kansas City,” Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker told the news outlet. “It’s just hard to stand here and talk about this kind of tragedy on really one of the best days Kansas City has had in a long time.”
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