911 Call Released from Kansas City Chiefs Linebacker Jovan Belcher Shooting

By Sam Schulz and Maria Sudekum
|  Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012  |  Updated 7:48 AM EDT
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Belcher's Mother to Victim in 911 Call: "Stay with Me"

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher center during a playoff game in 2011. Inset: Belcher with girlfriend Kasandra M. Perkins, whom he fatally shot Saturday.

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The frantic 911 call that Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher's mother made just after her son fatally shot his girlfriend, and just before he killed himself, was released Tuesday by the Kansas City Fire Department.

"They were arguing," Belcher's distraught mother Cheryl Shepherd told a 911 dispatcher in the call, which Shepherd made from the scene of the shooting just before Kasandra Perkins, the mother of Belcher's 3-month-old daughter Zoey, died of her wounds.

"She's still breathing, but please hurry," Shepherd frantically told the dispatcher on the 911 tape, obtained by Kansas City's NBC affiliate 41 Action News.

Shepherd told the dispatcher that Perkins was bleeding, apparently from the back, and that Belcher had left the Kansas City home the young couple shared.

"The ambulance is on the way. You hear me? You hear me? Kasandra! Stay with me," Shepherd told the victim.

Belcher, 25, fatally shot Perkins, 22, on Saturday morning before driving to Arrowhead Stadium and killing himself in front of team officials.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, authorities were still trying to piece together the events leading up to Belcher's murder-suicide.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that earlier Saturday morning, when police officers found Belcher sleeping in his car outside an apartment complex, he told them he was there to visit a woman he described as his "girlfriend" but that she wasn't home.

The apartment complex is about 10 miles from the home Belcher shared with Perkins.

Police responded to a report about 2:50 a.m. Saturday of a man sleeping in his car outside an apartment building, police spokesman Darin Snapp said Tuesday. When police approached the car, Belcher got out of the vehicle and was cooperative, Snapp said.

"We ask him 'Why are you sleeping here?', and he says he's there to visit his girlfriend, but she's not home," Snapp said.

When police determined Belcher didn't have any outstanding warrants, Snapp said Belcher, 25, made a phone call and a short time later, a woman let Belcher into her building. Police did not question the woman and don't know who she is, he said.

"When he was sleeping she may have come home, and he didn't realize," Snapp said. "He was very cooperative and thanked the officers."

Snapp said that was the last contact police had with Belcher "until his name came up" with the shooting at his home.

Witnesses have since told police that Belcher stayed at that apartment until 6:30 a.m., Snapp said.

At about 7:50 a.m., police were called to Belcher's home after he had shot and killed Perkins, whose body was found on the floor of the master bathroom with multiple gunshot wounds, according to a police incident report.

Belcher then drove about five miles to Arrowhead Stadium, where he was met by general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel, who Belcher thanked for all they had done for him. When police arrived, Belcher moved behind a vehicle, out of clear view of officers, Snapp said. He said Belcher then knelt down and shot himself once in the head.

Snapp said Belcher also used two separate, legally registered handguns in the shootings.

Friends have said the relationship between Belcher and Perkins was strained. The couple briefly lived apart recently before getting back together by Thanksgiving, friend Brianne York told The Associated Press.

Kansas City Chiefs spokesman Ted Crews said Tuesday he wasn't aware of what counseling efforts the team may have made for Belcher and Perkins.

Belcher played college football at the University of Maine, where he repeatedly was the subject of university police reports. A University of Maine spokeswoman provided the reports to the AP.

In April 2006, Belcher punched his fist through a dorm window after becoming upset over a woman, documents said.

And in February 2007, a noise complaint was lodged after "a discussion outside of his room" between Belcher and a woman. The report says "both stated that she was to contact him by 23:00 hours and did not. He became worried and when she did show up he told her that he did not want to see her until the morning."

In another segment of the dispatch traffic released Tuesday related to the Belcher murder-suicide, another dispatcher says someone is at Arrowhead with an unknown weapon and later that an "unknown party at the (Chiefs) practice field confronted the staff and they don't know what he's armed with."
 

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