Former NFL star Joe McKnight died on a road rage shooting on Thursday afternoon.
The former New York Jets running back died at 28 years old in Louisiana New Orleans. TMZ reports that the incident occurred at 2:43 p.m. Police authorities reportedly performed CPR to revive McKnight but were not able to save him.
The former athlete suffered from a gunshot wound by 54-year-old Ronald Gasser. There have been reports that the men had a misunderstanding as the athlete seems to be apologizing during the incident. Apparently, witnesses heard Gasser scream while shooting McKnight. “I told you not to fuck with me,” Gasser said.
McKnight is currently playing with the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the Canadian Football League and he is considered to be the best running back in the country. He also played for the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs. His fellow teammates were also in shock of the incident.
Rest in peace, Joe McKnight.
Our thoughts and condolences are with his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/vtEihPomt9
— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 1, 2016
Family and friends took their condolences on social media as they lost a great player in McKnight. The running back was a legend and he was too young to die. “RIP my brother Joe McKnight this one hurts bad,” Reggie Bush said.
RIP my brother Joe McKnight this one hurts bad
— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) December 1, 2016
Moreover, ET reports that the investigation is still ongoing and further details will be opened to the public in a press conference on Friday. McKnight will undergo an autopsy on the same day. It was definitely a sad news for most NFL fans who see him as the next Reggie Bush.
The 28-year-old athlete was a loving father who had a genuine heart. Friends of McKnight were saddened by his death because he died in a senseless act of violence.