Sad news coming from New Orleans on Thursday night is claiming that former New York Jets running back Joe McKnight was fatally shot during an apparent road rage incident.
The 28-year-old was travelling through the Terrytown district of New Orleans when he was gunned down following a run in with another driver.
McKnight originally hailed from the New Orleans area, and his former high school coach confirmed that he had been killed in the shooting
One eyewitness told CBS New York that she saw a man in an intersection yelling at another man, who was trying to apologise. The man who was yelling then opened fire and stood over the victim saying "I told you don't you f*** with me" before firing his weapon once again.
Police were called to the scene where they arrested suspected shooter, Ronald Gasser, 54.
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McKnight joined the Jets after they selected him in the fourth round of the 2010 draft when he graduated from USC, where he had become one of the brightest young stars in college football.
He spent three seasons with the Jets, for whom he rushed a total of 505 yards as well as recording two kickoffs for touchdowns. Upon leaving the Jets he featured briefly for the Kansas City Chiefs as well as spending time in the Canadian Football League.
This is the second time in the past eight months that a former NFL star has been killed in a road rage incident, with ex-Saints player Will Smith being shot in a similar fashion back in April.
A number of McKnight's former Jets teammates took to social media to pay tribute to the fallen star...