Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair and an unidentified woman were found shot to death today in downtown Nashville.
Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron confirmed that McNair and the woman were found at a condominium complex at Second Avenue South and Lea Street. He did not say when the shooting occurred or provide any other details.
McNair, a quarterback with the Oilers/Titans from 1995-2005, led the team to its only Super Bowl appearance in 2000. He also shared the league's MVP award with Peyton Manning in 2003.
"We are saddened and shocked to hear the news of Steve McNair's passing today," Titans owner Bud Adams said today in a statement. "He was one of the finest players to play for our organization and one of the most beloved players by our fans. He played with unquestioned heart and leadership and led us to places that we had never reached, including our only Super Bowl. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they deal with his untimely passing."
He is second on the franchise career list for pass attempts (3,871), completions (2,305), yards (27,141) and third in touchdowns (156).
As news spread, dozens of shocked fans began to gather, expressing shock and disbelief.
One unidentified woman said, "First Michael Jackson and now this."
Chad Daniels, who lives near the Second Avenue South condominium where the shooting took place, stopped by to bring flowers and share his grief.
"I think all of Nashville is pretty heartbroken over this," he said, near tears. "He built the franchise. He built the Titans organization."
Shaheed Rahman, who said he was McNair's friend and sometimes driver, spoke to McNair two weeks ago, just before the opening of his new restaurant. He said the former quarterback was in good spirits and loved being in Nashville.
"We're just trying to put the pieces together to find out what happened. To those of us who knew him, this is not a joyous moment. We don't want to remember McNair. We want him to still be here."
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UPDATED 6:20 p.m.: Steve McNair and female shot to death
Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron has confirmed that the victim in the double killing was not McNair's wife. The woman killed still has not been named.
Crime scene investigators are meticulously processing the scene, Aaron said.
"Once that processing is done I'll come out with further updates," Aaron said.
A Cadillac Escalade and a Lincoln Navigator were towed away from the scene.