The family lawyer of former NFL player Will Smith revealed on Wednesday that the soccer star’s wife had pleaded with the alleged gunman to leave them alone because they have kids. It was also revealed that the suspect, Cardell Hayes, stood over Smith’s dead body after shooting him eight times and shouted abuse at his wife.
According to the findings of Orleans Parish coroner, Smith was shot seven times in the back and once in the side following an argument.
Smith’s family lawyer Peter Thomson told a press conference on Wednesday that the NFL star was not armed during the confrontation with Hayes, 28. “At no time during this event, to my knowledge at all, did Will Smith ever brandish or carry on his person a firearm,” the CNN quoted Thomson as saying.
Thomson added that Smith had the license to carry a concealed weapon, which was stashed away in the vehicle. He said that Smith was not using it when he was shot. “We have reason to believe that there may have been a second gun on the scene. And there definitely were allusions to a second gun,” said John Fuller, Hayes’ lawyer.
Thomson said that Smith’s wife, Racquel, referred to her husband as “Superman” and that he was protecting her during the incident. She was also shot twice, once in her right leg, fracturing her femur and was shot after in her left leg. She then crawled away and took shelter behind a car, trying to hide from Hayes. In a video footage showing the aftermath of the shooting, she could be heard screaming “my leg has been shot.”
It all started with Hayes’ Hummer SUV ramming the back of Smith’s Mercedes G63 SUV, which shattered its rear windshield.
“Will checked first to make sure everyone in the car was OK. They were afraid, they don’t know what’s going on,” the Mail Online quoted Thomson as saying. Smith saw a man, believed to be Hayes approaching them and decided to confront them.
“The driver (Hayes) … was enraged, and he is yelling and cursing, and he had his hands up shaking them and making signals,” Thomson added. Racquel begged to Hayes to leave them alone, saying, “Go back to your car. We have children. This is not worth this.”
But when the couple was headed back to their car, Hayes pulled out his 45-caliber handgun.