Former NFL star Joe McKnight was shot and killed on Thursday in a New Orleans suburb by 54-year-old Ronald Gasser after a road rage incident, the NY Daily News reports.
Gasser was released from custody early Friday without a single charge after officials believed they had no reason to hold him any longer. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Gasser “definitely” shot the ex-NFL running back, but there are “questions about the circumstances surrounding what led up to it.” Col. John Fortunato told reporters, “There’s no timeline for when this has to be done. We want to get it right.”
Although law enforcement revealed little-to-no details about the road rage shooting that took place at 2:43 p.m. in Terrytown, eyewitnesses say that McKnight, 28, appeared to be apologizing, while Gasser yelled at him in the middle of a busy intersection. Witnesses added that Gasser shot McKnight more than once, then stood over the victim and yelled, “I told you don’t you (expletive) with me,” before firing a final shot.
Authorities say the investigation is still very much open and the case could go to the grand jury or the district attorney, which will decide whether or not charges should be filed. Our prayers go out to the McKnight family.