Posted: Dec 1, 2012 10:25 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Dec 1, 2012 1:13 PM
KANSAS CITY-Police have confirmed the identity of the Chiefs player involved in this morning's shootings as linebacker Jovan Belcher.
The Chiefs have released this statement regarding the incidents this morning, "The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddened by today's events, and our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the families and friends affected by this unthinkable tragedy. We sincerely appreciate the expressions of sympathy and support we have received from so many in the Kansas City and NFL communities, and ask for continued prayers for the loved ones of those impacted."
Kansas City Police spokesman Darin Snapp told the Associated Press that the Chiefs player was in an argument with the his "on-again and off-again" girlfriend when he shot and killed her, then drove to the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium and shot and killed himself.
The Kansas City Star reports that Police Captain David Lindaman confirmed that Belcher and his 22-year-old girlfriend had a 3-month-old daughter, and that Belcher murdered the girlfriend in front of the girlfriend's mother, who was visiting her granddaughter. The girlfriend's mother was unhurt and is being interviewed with police.
Officers arriving at the stadium parking lot reported seeing a black male in a car holding a handgun to his head as he spoke to a pair of team officials now identified as Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel.
Snapp told reporters the player walked away from the team staff in the opposite direction of the officers and shot himself.
The Chiefs team has been called together for a meeting regarding the situation at Arrowhead Stadium, although the stadium remains on lockdown.
The Chiefs are scheduled to host the Carolina Panthers Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium. The Panthers' team flight has yet to leave for Kansas City, and the NFL has told the Panthers to travel to Kansas City as planned.