Kansas City player's mother pleaded for ambulance after shooting

Wed Dec 5, 2012 6:09pm EST
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By Kevin Murphy

KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters) - Moments after Kansas City Chiefs' player Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend multiple times, his mother frantically called 911 for help as the young woman lay dying, a recording of the emergency call shows.

Belcher shot Kasandra Perkins in their bedroom shortly before 8 a.m. on Saturday, then fled in his car to the parking lot of the Chiefs' training facility, where he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head, police said.

The team's general manager, head coach and other employees tried in vain to talk him out of it, police said.

Cheryl Shepherd was visiting Belcher and Perkins and their 3-month-old daughter in the couple's Kansas City home when the shooting occurred after a heated argument, police said.

"Oh my God. Oh my God. Kasi," Shepherd screams, as the baby cries in the background, according to a recording of the 911 call provided by the Kansas City Fire Department on Wednesday. "Please get the ambulance here, please."

"OK, we're on the way, we've been on the way the whole time," the dispatcher says. "How old is the patient?"

"Twenty-two," Shepherd says.

"Male or female?"   Continued...

Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers players form a prayer circle after the Chiefs' win in a NFL football game in Kansas City, Missouri December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup