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Cops: Kazemi bought gun found at scene of Steve McNair death

Cops: Kazemi bought gun found at scene of Steve McNair death
By Kate Howard, The Tennessean

NASHVILLE — The gun recovered at the scene of the deaths of Steve McNair and Sahel Kazemi was purchased by Kazemi recently, Nashville police said.

Kazemi, 20, died Saturday of a single gunshot to the head alongside former Tennessee Titans quarterback McNair, who had two gunshots to the head and two to the chest. The gun was found under Kazemi's body.

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"We believe the pistol recovered from the apartment was purchased by Kazemi," police spokesman Don Aaron said.

The Associated Press reported that Kazemi's nephew, Farzin Abdi, said that Nashville police told him they are almost certain that Kazemi was the shooter. Abdi maintainted she had no motive.

"There was no way she was depressed and wanting to do this," Abdi said. "She was so happy. ... She just had it made, you know, (with) this guy taking care of everything."

Police said the possibility of a murder-suicide is still on the table, but there are several other theories of the crime still possible.

Kazemi's ex-boyfriend, Keith Norfleet, was questioned for several hours by police yesterday. Aaron said he is not a suspect, and there are still no suspects being actively pursued.

"He was cooperative during questioning, then he went on his way," Aaron said.

Norfleet told the Tennessean on Saturday that he went to police headquarters on his own Saturday, looking for answers on whether the woman he broke up with five months prior was the one who died alongside McNair. He was not questioned that night, but asked to leave his contact information, Aaron said.

"We know Norfleet was a former boyfriend of Kazemi's, and he obviously had his opinion of the relationship between she and McNair," Aaron said. "He was a person who needed to be interviewed in detail."

Aaron said the testing to see if gunshot residue was present on Kazemi's hands has not yet been completed.

Federal law prohibits anyone under 21 from purchasing a handgun from a licensed dealer.

Tennessee requires a person to be 21 to have carry permit.

Contributing: Wire reports

The Tennessean is owned by Gannett, parent company of USA TODAY

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