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Reggie Bush will wear cleats that honor Joe McKnight on Sunday

05 December 2016
Reggie Bush will wear cleats that honor Joe McKnight on Sunday

Former NFL running back Joe McKnight was fatally shot during an apparent road-rage incident while standing beside a man's auto at a suburban New Orleans intersection, authorities said Friday.

"Sheriff Newell Normand reports, Gasser was involved in an incident on February 20, 2006, around 3:30 PM that began on Holiday Drive in New Orleans and ended in the service station at the intersection of Holmes Blvd. and Berhman Hwy., in Terrytown".

Ronald Gasser was issued a summons 10 years ago after beating a man at a gas station near the same spot where he shot Joe McKnight on Thursday.

Police have said investigations are ongoing into the road rage attack, with witnesses saying the incident unfolded when one man appeared to cut the other off.

But a local NAACP official says they'll ask the Department of Justice to open an independent investigation into the shooting.

Authorities said Gasser shot McKnight three times from inside his vehicle with a semi-automatic handgun while McKnight was standing outside.

Normand's statement also said witnesses observed a "heated verbal exchange" between Gasser and McKnight before the shooting.

"We will continue to research this matter in order to determine the reason for the dismissal", the Sheriff's Office said.

Authorities say the other man, Ronald Gasser, shot McKnight three times from inside his vehicle while McKnight was standing outside. Speaking of Gasser's release, the sheriff said the state has certain "statutes" that provide a defense to certain crimes but did not go into detail. He said he plans to fix them.

"Mr Gasser is not going anywhere".

McKnight was considered the No. 1 running back recruit in the country when he came out of John Curtis Christian School in Louisiana in 2006 and signed with the University of Southern California, where he played under Pete Carroll.

Though McKnight never quite lived up to Bush's once-in-a-generation level, he finished a productive career with the Trojans before spending time with the Jets and Chiefs in the NFL. I've been knowing him from six, and this is just senseless, and it has to stop. He spent this season in the Canadian Football League.

"I know a couple of the other guys that I heard from were also working with Joe and doing some stuff with him to trying to help him with a job and things like that that he was looking forward to and just none of us were able to pull it off".

The Jets plan a moment of silence before Monday's game to honor McKnight. And unfortunately this happened, so we're going to miss him greatly.