Bystander speaks out after tackling Kansas City Chiefs parade shooter

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A Nebraska man who helped tackle an armed man at the scene of the Super Bowl parade shooting in Kansas City said Friday he had to subdue the man when he saw a gun on the ground. He said he was aware of the incident and described the scene as “chaotic.”

Gunshots rang out during Wednesday’s parade, killing one woman and injuring 22 people, nine of them children.

Videos circulating on social media showed scores of people running from the scene after gunshots rang out, including a man wearing a gray sweatshirt. The man was then subdued by a group of fans, including Paul Contreras, who spoke about the incident on “America’s Newsroom.”

“It was chaotic and we were walking towards the bridge and it kind of stopped. The person in front of me was no longer walking,” Contreras said.

“The gentleman to my right on the bridge is screaming at the top of his lungs to stop this guy, tackle him, stop him, do whatever, and then someone runs in my direction. I took a good angle shot of it because I was taking him down from behind and I saw the gun on the ground, so I had to take him down right then and there, and I held him down. I thought he had to. He has one gun, he might have another.”

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Law enforcement officials are investigating after a shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs’ NFL football Super Bowl celebration Wednesday, February 14, 2024, in Kansas City, Missouri. Fire officials said multiple people were injured. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffman)

He explained that the suspect was wearing a large jacket, but another person removed it from his waist and continued to restrain him until law enforcement arrived.

Alyssa Marsh Contreras, who filmed the aftermath on her cellphone, said her father’s reaction when he tackled the suspect was to start recording in case anything went wrong.

Paul Contreras, who drove 2 1/2 hours to attend the Chiefs’ championship parade, stayed briefly at the scene with his family, but when no one was spoken to by police, he told his daughters, “That’s enough.” I told you. Get out of here. “

“America’s Newsroom” host Dana Perino asked Alissa how she felt that her father’s actions may have saved his life.

“It’s scary to think about it now,” she said.

“If he hadn’t intervened, things could have been much worse, but I’m thankful he didn’t think twice and just reacted. In that moment, for everyone, it’s fight or flight. I think so.”

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Paul Contreras and Alyssa Marsh Contreras, “America’s Newsroom,” February 16, 2024. (Fox News)

Perino called her father “amazing people” and thanked them for their actions and for sharing their stories.

“Thank you for doing that,” Perino said.

In a video taken by Alissa, officers can be seen subduing him and two Chiefs fans can be heard saying, “We tackled him.”

“When we tackled him, the gun came out.” male fans say.

Victims are rescued after shots were fired near the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl III championship parade in Kansas City, Missouri, on February 14, 2024. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

The video appears to show an officer cornering an object with his foot against a concrete barricade and saying, “I’ve got a gun.”

Kansas City Police revealed fox news Two juveniles are currently in custody in connection with the shooting Thursday. The third boy was determined not to be involved and was released. Investigators are currently working with juvenile prosecutors to review the results of the investigation and decide on charges.

Police have denied a terrorist motive, saying the shooting appears to have been an altercation between several people that escalated into gunfire.


Fox News’ Greg Wehner, Ryan Moek, Stepheny Price and Timothy HJ Nerozzi contributed to this report.



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