Shooting death of ex-NFL player Joe McKnight sends social media into mourning
The shooting that killed McKnight, 28, was reported around 2:43 p.m. Thursday, according to the Times-Picayune. The paper cited the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, which reported the fatal encounter took place at an intersection in Terrytown.
Former teammates and colleagues poured out their sentiments on social media for the former star player, who played for USC and also in the Canadian Football League.
An unnamed female witness told the Times-Picayune that she had left a nearby store when she saw the end of the argument. McKnight was trying to apologize when the other man shot him more than once. She said the shooter stood over McKnight before firing again, saying, “I told you don’t you f*** with me.”
Police have named Ronald Gasser, 54, as the suspected shooter. The sheriff’s office said Gasser remained at the scene and turned over his gun. Authorities have not found any other gun at the scene, but they are seeking search warrants to go into both vehicles. At a press conference, police said the specific charges against Gasser would be announced later, and more details regarding how many times McKnight was shot would come out in a coroner's report.
Just got a message saying my former teammate Joe McKnight was killed today. This hurt to the heart. I can't stop crying. #RestInPeace— ANTONIO CROMARTIE (@CRO31) December 1, 2016
RIP my brother Joe McKnight this one hurts bad— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) December 1, 2016
Wow, Very sadden about what happened to Joe Mcknight, We spent 2014 season together with the same injury. My heart goes out to his family.🙏🏾— Derrick Johnson (@superdj56) December 2, 2016
Saddens me to hear the news about Joe McKnight. Our prayers go out to the McKnight family.— Clay Helton (@USCCoachHelton) December 1, 2016
RIP Joe McKnight! Something has to change this ain't righ, his family is in my prayers. #StopTheViolence— Todd Gurley II (@TG3II) December 1, 2016
Man, my heart goes out to Joe McKnight’s family. We are constantly reminded how precious life is.— Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) December 1, 2016
Just getting up from a nap and to hear the news of Joe McKnight is heart breaking. We gotta stop these senseless violence.#RIP— Cj Spiller (@CJSPILLER) December 1, 2016
Doesn't feel real. Rest In Peace Joe Mcknight. May the peace of God be with your family.— Brad Smith (@RealBradSmith) December 1, 2016