Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher was involved in two shootings Saturday morning, with Missouri police saying he murdered his girlfriend before driving to Arrowhead stadium and turning the gun on himself, according to ESPN.
Police said there were no other injuries at the facility, but Albert Breer of the NFL Network tweeted that the girlfriend’s mother told law enforcement at 7:50 her daughter was shot by her “on-again, off-again boyfriend.”
On Thanksgiving Belcher’s girlfriend, Kasandra Michelle Perkins posted pictures of the couple with their 3-month-old daughter on her Facebook page with the message “Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours.”
When police arrived at Arrowhead at 8:10 one officer was stepping out of the car when he heard a gunshot. Belcher, 25, was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead upon arrival.
Police spokesman Darin Snapp told the Associated Press Belcher shot Kasandra Perkins multiple times. She was in her early 20s.
“The description matched the suspect description from that other address. We kind of knew what we were dealing with,” Snapp said. “And there were Pioli and Crennel and another coach or employee was standing outside and appeared to be talking to him. It appeared they were talking to the suspect. The suspect began to walk in the opposite direction of the coaches and the officers and that's when they heard the gunshot. It appears he took his own life.
Team personnel reportedly tried to intervene but said they never felt threatened after seeing that Belcher had a gun.
"They said the player was actually thanking them for everything they'd done for him," he said. "They were just talking to him and he was thanking them and everything. That's when he walked away and shot himself."
Pro Football Talk reported the girlfriend was shot at the couple’s home near 54th Street and Chrysler Avenue.
“We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning,” the Chiefs said in a statement. “We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.”
Belcher was a four-year starter for the team, playing in 44 out of the team’s 59 games in those seasons. He joined the team as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Maine and has not been in the headlines for any off the field problems.
The Chiefs are scheduled to host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday and early indications point to the game going on as scheduled as Yahoo! reported that league officials have told the Panthers to plan on playing.