(WXYZ) - Police have identified the Kansas City Chief's player involved in a murder/suicide as linebacker Jovan Belcher.
Officers say Belcher shot his girlfriend multiple times before driving to a practice facility at Arrowhead Stadium where he shot and killed himself in front of the team's coach and general manager.
Local media reports that the first shooting happened around 8:00 a.m. local time at a home in the Kansas City area. Police say an unidentified woman was shot at the home. Scripps station KSHB is reporting that the woman was taken to a hospital where she later died.
The woman is in her 20s and reportedly had a child with Belcher. The woman's mother has reportedly told police that she and Belcher has recently been arguing.
The second shooting then happened at the practice facility at Arrowhead Stadium, where the Chiefs play. The facility is about 5 miles from the home where the initial shooting happened.
Police say they were notified of the situation when someone called them to report a person carrying a handgun was on the stadium grounds.
When police arrived on the scene they saw a mana gun to his head. Officers reported that he was talking to coaches in the parking lot outside the stadium's practice facility.
KSHB reports that when a second group of officers pulled up, they heard a gunshot.
The situation resulted in a lockdown of the Arrowhead facility. That lockdown has since been lifted.
The Chiefs posted the following statement on their website addressing the situation a few hours ago:
“We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning. We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.”
That was followed a few hours later with another statement from Kansas City Chiefs Chairkman & CEO Clark hunt that reads:
"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."
We will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities and work to ensure that the appropriate counseling resources are available to all members of the organization.”
The investigation is ongoing.
The Chiefs are scheduled to play the Carolina Panthers tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at Arrowhead. The team has released the following statement about the game:
“After discussions between the league office, Head Coach Romeo Crennel and Chiefs team captains, the Chiefs advised the NFL that it will play tomorrow’s game vs. the Carolina Panthers at its originally scheduled time.”
Earlier in the day the Panthers were told to keep their travel plans and the NFL reportedly said the game would go on as scheduled.
Belcher was a 25-year-old 4th year player from West Babylon, New York.
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