Former National Football League player Joe McKnight was shot and killed on Thursday in his native Louisiana in what officials are investigating as a road rage incident.
The shooting occurred around 22:00 CET at a traffic intersection in Terrytown, just outside New Orleans, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Colonel John Fortunato said.
Lord I pray that you have mercy on Joe's soul at the gates of heaven. Please be with his family in this time of pain and confusion! Amen 🙏🏾— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) December 2, 2016
Suspect in custody
The shooting suspect, 54-year-old Ronald Gasser, was taken into custody and was being questioned by investigators, Fortunato said.
The 28-year-old McKnight played for the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs during his five-year career in the NFL. His last season in the league was in 2014, and he has since played as a running back for the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Tributes on Social Media
Tributes poured in on social media from McKnight's former NFL colleagues in response to the deadly shooting.
Reggie Bush, a running back for the Buffalo Bills who played college football for McKnight's alma mater the University of Southern California, tweeted, "RIP my brother Joe McKnight this one hurts bad."
Former New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie also lamented the loss, saying in a tweet, "Just got a message saying my former teammate Joe McKnight was killed today. This hurt to the heart. I can't stop crying."
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