Jovan Belcher, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, took his girlfriend's life and his own life on Saturday, police said, the StarTribune reported.
Belcher shot Kasandra Perkins, his 22-year-old girlfriend and the mother of his 3-month-old daughter, several times around eight in the morning at their home in a middle0class neighborhood, police spokesman Darin Snapp said, CNN reported.
Police said about 20 minutes after Perkins was shot, they got a call from Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs' home, about "a person who was in the parking lot, armed with a handgun." When the officers arrived at the stadium they saw a black man talking to several coaches and holding a gun to his head, Snapp said. "As the officers pulled up and began to park, that's when they heard the gunshot," CNN reported.
Officials told CNN affiliate KCTV that although Belcher was armed at the Stadium, he never pointed the gun at anyone and instead thanked the coaches for what they'd done for him, CNN reported.
"I am devastated and heart broken," wrote Jeff Allen, one of several Kansas City players who took to Twitter to express their grief and astonishment. "I'm sending prayers to everyone involved. Always show love and never be afraid to talk," CNN reported.
Kansas City police have not released a motive for the shooting of 22-year-old Kasandra M. Perkins, other than to say the couple had been arguing in recent days. They left behind a 3-month-old daughter, Zoey, who was being cared for by family, the StarTribune reported.