PHOTO: Former NFL Star Joe McKnight, 28, Killed in New Orleans Shooting
McKnight, who played for the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs, was shot dead on Thursday afternoon in Terrytown after an argument at an intersection.
The shooting occurred at about 3pm at the intersection of Behrman Highway and Holmes Boulevard, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
His family members identified the 28-year-old at the scene.
A police officer and medical emergency staff immediately began giving McKnight CPR as he lied on the street.
He was pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff’s office told Dailymail.com.
Ronald Gasser, 54, has been taken into custody over the shooting.
He is currently being questioned by homicide detectives and he remained at the scene of the crime shooting.
A witness at the scene told Nola.com that she saw a man yelling at another man at an intersection who was trying to apologize.
She said the man yelling fired his gun multiple times and stood over him saying: ‘I told you don’t you f*** with me.’
McKnight played football for John Curtis High School and the University of Southern California.
The running back was drafted by the New York Jets in 2010 and the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014.
McKnight’s death comes just months after retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith was also shot dead in New Orleans.
The 34-year-old was fatally shot in the back and side after exchanging words with the driver of a Hummer H2 that rear-ended his Mercedes G63 SUV in April.
Smith’s wife was shot twice in the right leg.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said this week that gun violence in the city was ‘out of control’ after a mass shooting left nine injured and one dead on the famous Bourbon Street on Sunday morning.
Ten people aged between 20 and 37 – eight men and two women – were shot after gunfire broke out. One male victim died.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu described the shocking scene as ‘totally unacceptable.’
‘The violence continues to spin out of control with people brandishing weapons whenever they think they can,’ he told WDSU.
‘It’s really unfortunate.’