Former NFL running back Joe McKnight was fatally shot in suburban New Orleans on Dec. 1 during an apparent road rage altercation.
He was 28 years old.
The shooting occurred around 3 p.m. local time at a traffic intersection in Terrytown, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Colonel John Fortunato said.
An eyewitness told NOLA.com she saw a man shouting at another man, believed to McKnight, at an intersection. She said McKnight was “trying to apologize” when the other man fired his gun multiple times.
The anonymous witness added the shooter then stood over McKnight and said "I told you don't you f--- with me,” before firing again.
The shooting suspect, 54-year-old Ronald Gasser, was taken into custody and was being questioned by investigators, Fortunato said.
The 28-year-old McKnight played for the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs during his five-year career in the NFL. His last season in the league was in 2014, and he has since played as a running back for the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Tributes poured in on social media from McKnight's former NFL colleagues in response to the deadly shooting.
Just got a message saying my former teammate Joe McKnight was killed today. This hurt to the heart. I can't stop crying. #RestInPeace— ANTONIO CROMARTIE (@CRO31) December 1, 2016
Deeply saddened by the loss of Joe McKnight. This is a terrible tragedy. Everyone loved Joe and we are going to really miss him.— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) December 2, 2016
Damn...just reading the news about Joe McKnight! Just senseless violence man, great teammate & sense of humor. Rest in power....— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) December 1, 2016
Rest In Peace to my bro Joe McKnight...this is unbelievable. Fly with the angels bro and rest in paradise. Heaven gained a real one today.— Damon Harrison (@BigDame900) December 1, 2016
Rest in peace, Joe McKnight.— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 1, 2016
Our thoughts and condolences are with his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/vtEihPomt9
Another former NFL player, Will Smith, was shot dead in New Orleans near the city's famed French Quarter earlier this year.
Smith, one of the NFL's top defensive ends before his 2014 retirement, was returning from a dinner with his wife on April 9 when police say a Hummer driven by Cardell Hayes struck the rear of Smith's Mercedes SUV and caused it to crash into another vehicle.
The two men exited their cars and exchanged words before Hayes drew a weapon and fired multiple shots, police said. Smith, 34, was hit by gunfire eight times and pronounced dead on the scene. Smith's wife, Racquel, was shot twice in the leg and survived.
Hayes has pleaded not guilty to charges including second-degree murder and attempted murder.
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