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Former NFL Player shot dead in road rage incident

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Former USC and New York Jets running back Joe McKnight was shot to death in an apparent road rage incident in New Orleans on Thursday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said.

McKnight was 28.

"At approximately 2:43 p.m. today we received a call of a shooting that occurred here at Holmes and Behrman Highway," Normand said. "Our officers arrived on the scene and immediately began giving CPR to an individual who was shot, lying on the ground, with EMS and others assisting at this location.

Ronald Gasser, 54, the suspected shooter, stayed on the scene and surrendered his weapon to authorities. He was then taken into custody and questioned.

"Mr. Gasser did in fact shoot Mr. McKnight. We will be releasing additional details as we get through these interviews with these witnesses," Normand told reporters. "Mr. McKnight did not have a gun in his possession."

Sheriff's spokesman Col. John Fortunato says they're anticipating charging Gasser but it's unclear with what.

McKnight played for USC from 2006-2009 before being drafted by the Jets.  McKnight also played for the Kansas City Chiefs before leaving the NFL after the 2014 season.  McKnight played in the Canadian Football League this past season.

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