The story broke earlier this morning, and the stadium has since been locked down. The early reports are saying that the Chiefs player, linebacker Jovan Belcher, had shot a woman at a separate location before going to the team' facility and shooting himself there.
The woman was the player's girlfriend, and is in critical condition.
Police say that when they had arrived to the team's facility they had found Belcher with a gun to his head in the parking lot. Police are also saying that he is thought to be the main suspect in the shooting of the woman. It is said that the woman was shot not too far from Arrowhead.
The Chiefs released a statement this morning saying, "We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning. We are cooperating with the authorities in their investigation."
Players are currently gathering at Arrowhead stadium and will be informed of the situation. The Chiefs are set to host the Panthers this weekend, but the league has not stated whether the game will still go on as scheduled or not.
In what was already a controversy-filled season for Kansas City, just got a good bit worse. The 25-year-old Belcher was an undrafted free agent from the University of Maine and quickly became an impact player for the Chiefs defense, becoming a starter in his rookie season. He may not have been in the headlines every week for some amazing play, or put up the biggest and best numbers, but a life is a life, and I am only sending positive vibes to the player's and victim's families, and to Chief Nation everywhere.
I only hope that those affected by this cataclysm can find solace in the person's life while it lasted, and do not focus on this unexpected tragedy. Prayers and thoughts go out to all of those impacted by this terrible tragedy, and I hope some light is soon shed on the situation.
Rest in peace No. 59.