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Former NFL Player Shot In Suspected Road Rage Incident

| by Jordan Smith

A former NFL player was shot dead following a suspected road rage incident in New Orleans at approximately 2:30 p.m. Dec. 1.

Joe McKnight, 28, was identified by family members at the scene, according to Nola.com.

Police have taken 54-year-old Ronald Gasser into custody and are questioning him. Witnesses say the vehicles belonging to Gasser and McKnight had stopped next to each other at the intersection.

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One female witness said she saw a man with a gun yelling at another man, who was trying to apologize.

“I told you don’t you f*** with me,” she heard the armed man shout, before he fired several shots, Nola.com reported.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand confirmed investigations have begun.

"The only thing we know at this time, because everything else would be conjecture, is that Mr. Gasser did, in fact, shoot Mr. McKnight," said Normand, WGNO reported. "We will be releasing additional details as we get through these interviews with these witnesses, as well as Mr. Gasser.”

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Another police officer confirmed to USA Today that McKnight was pronounced dead at the scene.

McKnight was drafted by the New York Jets in 2010 and also played for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014. This season, he played in the Canadian Football League.

McKnight is the second former NFL player to die as a result of gun violence in the city this year. In April, 34-year-old Will Smith, a retired running back who used to play for the New Orleans Saints, died following a road rage incident.

McKnight’s death comes just days after a mass shooting in New Orleans left nine injured and one man dead. The gun battle broke out as a result of an argument between two men in the early hours of Nov. 27.

According to the Advocate, shooting sprees have been on the rise in the city over recent months.

Sources: Nola.com, WGNO, USA Today, The New Orleans Advocate / Photo credit: Nola.com

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