Joe McKnight, a former running back for the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs, was shot dead in a New Orleans suburb on Thursday after a road rage incident, authorities claim.
According to Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand, officers were notified at around 2:43 pm that a shooting had taken place in Terrytown. When police arrived, McKnight was lying on the ground next to his car. Deputies performed CPR for several minutes before pronouncing him dead at the scene.
One witness claims that she saw a man yelling at McKnight as he attempted to apologize. Suddenly, the man pulled out a firearm and shot McKnight several times. As McKnight lay dying on the ground, the man allegedly said, “I told you don’t f*** with me,” before firing another shot.
54-year-old Ronald Gasser remained on the scene and confessed to deputies that he shot McKnight. No arrests have been made in relation to McKnight’s death and Normand claims that the investigation is ongoing.
McKnight, 28, graduated from John Curtis Christian School in River Ridge and played football at the University of Southern California before going on to play for the Jets and Chiefs. He briefly played for the Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Watch a friend of McKnight’s try to make sense of the tragedy below: