Former NFL player Joe McKnight killed in reported road rage incident

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Former NFL running back Joe McKnight was shot and killed in suburban New Orleans on Thursday afternoon, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

“At approximately 2:43pm today we received a call of a shooting that occurred here at Holmes and Behrman Highway in Terrytown,” Jefferson Parish sheriff Newell Normand said in a statement that identified the victim as McKnight, who was 28.

“Our officers began CPR as they awaited the arrival of EMS. Soon thereafter, Mr McKnight was pronounced dead on the scene.”

Ronald Gasser, 54, the suspected shooter, remained on the scene and was taken into custody, Normand said.

A witness told the Times-Picayune that she was leaving a nearby store at around 3pm when she saw one man yelling at another motorist attempting to apologize as they stood outside their cars at the intersection of Behrman Highway and Holmes Boulevard. The man who was yelling then opened fire, stood over his fallen victim and said “I told you don’t you fuck with me” before firing again, the newspaper reported.

McKnight, a Jefferson Parish native who went on to a decorated collegiate career at the University of Southern California, was chosen by the New York Jets in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft.

He played three seasons with the Jets followed by a one-year stint with the Kansas City Chiefs and brief comeback attempts with the Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

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