Belcher's gun used in murder-suicide legally owned

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The gun that Jovan Belcher used to kill his girlfriend and then himself on Saturday morning in Kansas City, Mo., was legally owned, USA Today reported.
It is believed by Kansas City police that Belcher, who was a starting linebacker for the Chiefs, used the same gun to shoot Kasandra Perkins about 8 a.m. and then himself 20 minutes later.
Belcher, 25, fired at Perkins several times at their home and then drove to the team's practice facility five miles away and turned the gun on himself after speaking with coach Romeo Crennel, general manager Scott Pioli and an assistant coach while parked at a lot.
According to a report by SI.com's Peter King, based on information from a source, Pioli and Belcher spoke for a few minutes.
"I came here to tell you thank you," Belcher told Pioli, according to King's source. "Thank you for my chance. I love you, bro."
Belcher then reportedly asked to speak with Crennel and defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs.
Pioli called Crennel and Gibbs out to the parking lot, and they also tried to calm Belcher down. But instead Belcher thanked them, walked away and shot himself in the head, according to the SI.com report.
Perkins, 22, was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police will not say how many times Belcher fired his gun after the couple argued inside their home.
Police responded to two 9-1-1 calls: one that came from his home and another one from the Chiefs facility. Belcher killed himself as police approached his car.
"We know he owned more than one gun," said Kansas City police spokesman Darin Snapp. "He wasn't a collector, but he had several."
Police expect to complete their investigation in the next few days.
The Kansas City Medical Examiner's Office completed autopsies on the bodies of Belcher and Perkins on Monday and turned them over to the families. Funeral arrangements are pending.