Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl LVIII Victory Parade

‘Dad, they’re shooting!’ East Feliciana deputy recounts call from mass shooting at Kansas City Chiefs victory parade

AMITE, La. – As a 32-year veteran in law enforcement, Andrew Johnson, Sr. never imagined that his two grown children would be caught up in a parent’s worst nightmare.

That is exactly what happened last Wednesday when Johnson, who is a deputy with the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s office, was on the phone with his daughter and gunfire erupted at the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl victory parade.

“All I knew is she said, ‘Dad, they’re shooting, we gotta run’,” Johnson told UWK. “I’m like ‘Why are you running at a parade at a celebration’?”

“They were standing in front of the stage and the Chiefs players were showing the trophy and all of a sudden, shots just started ringing out.”

He told his daughter, Jasmine Renee, 29, and son, Andrew Johnson, Jr., 26, to run and call him back once they were safe. It was 30 agonizing minutes before his phone rang.

“It was like chaos,” recalled Johnson. “I’m like ‘what the hell is going on?’ You know what I mean? I’m upset and thinking my kids better call me. So, I gave them 30 minutes and they called, both of them.”

Johnson said he was overjoyed and relieved his kids made it home safe and unharmed.

Before he moved back to Louisiana, Johnson lived in Kansas City for 20 years and worked with at-risk juveniles in Jackson County, Missouri. The family once lived six blocks from the football stadium and his kids, who are big Chiefs fans, still live in Missouri where their mother is from.

Jasmine Renee and Andrew Jr. told their father they saw someone tackle a young guy at the parade. They learned later from news coverage that another parade-goer had tackled one of the alleged shooters.

A Kansas City mother and local radio deejay was fatally wounded and 22 others were injured in the shooting, more than half of those hurt were children, according to reports. Two juveniles have been arrested and police believe a dispute between several people led to the shooting. 

Former LSU football players Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Neil Farrell, who both now play for the Chiefs, competed in Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas on February 11. Chiefs running back Edwards-Helaire is being hailed a hero for shielding a 24-year-old man from gunfire during the parade shooting.

Former LSU star and Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Photo: Kansas City Chiefs

CEH is being added to a list of National HEROISM AWARD recipients by the Uvalde Foundation For Kids, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending school violence and formed after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

Deputy Johnson said in today’s environment he always tells his wife and children to stay alert and be aware of their surroundings when they leave the house.

“There’s so much going on. You can’t even go to church, you can’t go to God’s house, you can’t go to school, you don’t know what’s going on,” Johnson cautioned. “You’ve got to stay vigilant at all times.”

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