Former NFL, USC Running Back Joe McKnight Killed in Apparent Road Rage Shooting Outside New Orleans


Former NFL and USC running back Joe McKnight was killed during an apparent road rage altercation just outside New Orleans on Thursday, police told USA TODAY Sports.

McKnight, 28, was a fourth-round pick of the New York Jets in the 2010 draft and played in the NFL with the Jets and Kansas City Chiefs as a running back and return specialist. He played in the Canadian Football League this season with the Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Jefferson Parish (La.) colonel John Fortunato told USA TODAY Sports that McKnight was pronounced dead at the scene following an incident that occurred at approximately 2:43 p.m. at the intersection of Behrman Highway and Holmes Boulevard in Terrytown, La.

Fortunato said the incident was being investigated as a possible road rage occurrence after McKnight exited his vehicle and subsequently was shot multiple times. The suspect, a 54-year-old Ronald Gasser, had remained at the scene and is in custody.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Mike Coppinger