|Former NFL player Joe McKnight was killed and his killer claimed self-defense.|
The tragic death of Joe McKnight has been trending last week. The former running back for the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs was gunned down in Terrytown, Louisiana last week by this guy in an apparent road rage incident.
McKnight, a former New Orleans high school star, was shot dead about 3 p.m. Thursday during an argument at an intersection in Terrytown, reported The Times-Picayune.
A witness said she saw a man, later identified as 54-year-old Ronald Gasser, yelling at the 28-year-old McKnight, who was attempting to apologize.
Witnesses said Gasser, who is white, pulled McKnight, who is black, from his Audi, argued with him and then shot him more than once as he stood over him.
"I told you not to fuck with me," Gasser said, before firing once more at McKnight as he lay on the ground.
McKnight, who last played in the NFL in 2014, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gasser was taken to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office for questioning but was released overnight without charges, reported The Advocate.
Deputies said the fatal shooting remains under investigation.
Investigators said McKnight, who was named the Times-Picayune's male athlete of the decade in 2009 after a standout career at John Curtis Christian School, was not armed at the time of his death.
No other guns were found outside his vehicle.
Witnesses said Gasser and McKnight had exchanged words before the confrontation at the intersection of Behrman Highway and Holmes Boulevard.
|The white extremist had previous encounters with the law including road rage incidents.|
Cardell Hayes, who fatally shot NFL player Will Smith earlier in April in another New Orleans road rage case, is expected to claim self-defense under that statute, which was passed in 2005.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand provided some details of the shooting death on Thursday.
I place the tragic death of Joe McKnight on the hands of Louisiana's Democratic governor John Bel Edwards, Donald J. Trump, Mike Pence, Bill Cassidy, David Vitter and the soon to be senator elect who replaces him. They refuse to pass laws that keep firearms out the hands of dangerous White extremists like Gasser.