Former Jets running back Joe McKnight was killed Thursday in a Louisiana road rage shooting, authorities said. The 28-year-old was standing outside his car following an argument with another motorist when he was shot around 2:43 p.m. in Terrytown, a suburb of New Orleans. A witness told The Times-Picayune on Thursday that she saw the driver of a blue Infiniti sedan yelling at McKnight, who appeared to be apologizing, as they stood in the middle of a busy intersection.
The man who was yelling — later identified as 54-year-old Ronald Gasser — then shot McKnight several times, she told the newspaper. Gasser stood over the victim and said, “I told you don’t you (expletive) with me,” and fired a final shot.
McKnight, who was drafted by the Jets in 2010 out of USC, is the second NFL player fatally shot during a road rage incident in Louisiana this year. Former Saints defensive lineman Will Smith, 34, was shot in New Orleans in April after a minor car crash.
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