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North staff reflect on parade tragedy

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Curt Wullschleger
Fans gather to celebrate the Kansas City Chiefs winning the Super Bowl.

Wednesday afternoon there was a mass shooting in Kansas City, Missouri. The Super Bowl champs, the Kansas City Chiefs had finished up the parade and ended up on the stage to end the rally. According to MSN more than one million people were in attendance.

The mass shooting occurred West of Union Station near the garage. According to a reports, a total of 22 people suffered injuries and one was killed.

Two North staff members, Zach Sterner and Curt Wullschleger

, were in attendance at the parade and near where the shooting took place. The following are their stories in their own words about what they saw.

Curt Wullschleger, Boys and Girls Soccer Coach

So, we didn’t hear gunshots, we were at the top of hill on the west side which was apparently close to where it happened at the bottom of that hill. It was pretty loud and didn’t hear the gunshots. But we saw all the law enforcement response and the fire truck engines, lights, and everybody responding to that. People started to disperse a little bit more. We had decided to just stick around and wait for the crowd to disperse. We were enjoying our spot on the lawn, the kids were kicking a soccer ball, enjoying some space for a bit instead of being jam packed and filed out. There were some fireworks that went off in the neighborhood which I saw in the sky. It did freak some people out. The had blocked the entrance, the bridge had been sealed off. We had to detour our way around through a park and next to the World War Museum. There were a couple of snipers on the top of the buildings. There were not hiding, they were very visible. I had pointed that out to my kids and told them if something happens law enforcement is here to take care of it. My daughter got a little upset by seeing all the sirens and lights. We just tried to reassure her that everything was okay. We didn’t know anything was happening until my mom texted us telling what had happened and mentioning we were fairly close. All I know is 100% of violence that happens with guns involves guns.” 

Zach Sterner, Building sub

“We were up on Captial Hill standing and watching. The parade had ended everyone way exiting. As we were coming down the hill towards the street where the shooting happened on. We heard the gunshots, looked over and saw people kind of running and things like that. From what we saw there was no screaming, police, or guns. Maybe 10 to 20 seconds passed, and things went back to normal with people exiting. We kept walking towards where the sound came from, and we were trying to go out left into the street and back to our car. Then all of a sudden everybody in the street turned and started running the opposite way, as they were all in the first place. We were not quite to the street but close enough to where everyone in front of us turned and started pushing, shoving, and running. They were all trying to get away. It was not more gunfire; it might have been first responders or where the person had gotten tackled. We were just trying to keep from getting squished. We didn’t know exactly what happened until 15 minutes after that when we were walking back to the car. We got out and there were sirens, police, EMT’s and, Park Rangers everywhere. We were probably about 25 – 50 yards away from the initial time then got about 15 – 20 yards eventually.”

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Marie Loest
Hi, I'm Marie. I am a senior. I enjoy photography in my free time. When I'm not taking photos I'm in the pool. I am a competitive swimmer. I've been doing for 10 years. I am on the North High swim team as well.

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