TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona State
running back Loren Wade was arrested Saturday on suspicion of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a former ASU
Police said Brandon Falkner, 25, of Tempe was shot in the head about 2:30 a.m. Saturday as he sat in his car outside Club CBNC, a Scottsdale nightspot. Scottsdale police detective Sam Bailey said Falkner and Wade exchanged words before the shot was fired.
Wade was driving a car with three others inside when he went to the club to pick up his girlfriend, Haley van Blommestein, who played soccer at Arizona State
Bailey said Wade saw her standing next to Falkner's car, got out of his car, exchanged words with Falkner and fired once.
Falkner tried to drive away, but crashed into another car, then hit a tree. He was pronounced dead at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn.
"From everything I've heard, they didn't know each other," Bailey said. "He may have been in the wrong place, at the wrong time, talking to the wrong person."
Wade was arrested by Maricopa County sheriff's deputies who were working as security guards at the club.
"We have more than enough witnesses," Bailey said.
Football coach Dirk Koetter canceled the team's first spring practice in pads on Saturday.
"This is a tragedy that has shocked and saddened our entire community," university president Michael Crow said. "ASU has made its counseling services available this weekend to the entire football team and to any other student who feels that he or she needs to talk about this situation."
Practice had been under way about 30 minutes when Koetter learned why Wade was missing. He called the players together, told them what happened and dismissed the team.