Nightly News | December 01, 2012
>>> shock and sadness tonight in kansas city , missouri and across much of the football world after a horrible tragedy that has left an nfl star player and his girlfriend dead in an apparent murder-suicide. police say kansas city chiefs linebacker jovon belcher shot the woman before he headed to the stadium he was expected to play in tomorrow afternoon. it was there he turned the gun on himself. we go to arrowhead stadium in kansas city . good evening.
>> reporter: good evening to you. arrowhead stadium is a symbol of pride for this city and the kansas city chiefs but there is a lot of sorrow here right now after a deadly day ended not far from where i'm standing. shortly before 8:00 this morning, gunfire erupted at this kansas city suburban home .
>> when we arrived, a lady came out and said her daughter had been shot by her boyfriend several times inside the residence. we went in the residence. she was taken to the local hospital where she died a short time later.
>> reporter: just ten minutes later at arrowhead stadium a man with the gun.
>> we got a call to the practice fas not guilty regards to a person in the parking lot armed with a hand gun . when the officers pulled up they actually observed a black male who had a gun to his head and was talking to a couple coaches.
>> reporter: then shots rang out.
>> officers pulled up and began to park and that is when they heard the gunshot. it appears the individual took his own life.
>> reporter: police identified the shooter as jovon belcher a linebacker with the kansas city chiefs . the victim is identified as his 22-year-old girlfriend cassandra perkins and mother of his 3-month-old child.
>> we heard they had been arguing in the past as far as recently they've been arguing before the shooting occurred this morning.
>> reporter: the 25-year-old belcher graduated in 2008 from the university of maine . undrafted he made it to the nfl the hard way. he played every game since joining the chiefs in 2009 . his last conversations were with his coach and general manager apparently thanking them for all they had done for him before pulling the trigger. a statement released this afternoon by the chiefs ceo clark hunt reads in part, our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy, thoughts, and prayers for the families and friends affected by this unthinkable tragedy. as for the team, the murder-suicide scars a 1-10 season filled with injuries and disappointment, but on this day wins and losses are put in perspective. the aunt of the victim released a statement saying our family has suffered a tragic loss. my heart goes out to my family as well as his. lester, the stadium will reopen tomorrow when the chiefs host the carolina panthers . no doubt right now this is a challenging time for this city and of course the organization.