The Jefferson Parish sheriff’s office released more information Friday on the shooting death of Saskatchewan Roughriders Joe McKnight.
The New Orleans native died in Terrytown, a suburb of the Louisiana city Thursday afternoon in what has been described as a “road rage” killing.
In a news conference Friday afternoon, it was revealed the accused–54 year old Ronald Gasser, was sitting inside his vehicle when McKnight walked up to it on the passenger side.
Gasser, who was in the driver’s seat, shot McKnight three times with a .40 caliber weapon through the open passenger window.
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Witnesses told law enforcement that Gasser and McKnight were involved in a “heated verbal exchange,” each man inside his respective vehicle. The witnesses then heard a “rapid succession” of gunfire which drew their attention back to the men. At that point, they told police, they saw Gasser standing behind the vehicles and McKnight lying on the pavement between the two vehicles
A “civilian” pulled McKnight from between the cars and unsuccessfully attempted to revive him by administering CPR, according to JPSO. This person also told Gasser to secure his weapon in his pants pocket and wait for authorities, which Gasser did, police said.
The county coroner says McKnight was hit once in the hand, once in the chest below his right nipple, and once in the right shoulder which punctured a lung. The third bullet hit more than one organ.
Sheriff Newell Normand told the news conference Gasser has not been charged with any crime at this point, and has been released from custody.
Normand said at the press conference that Louisiana’s “stand your ground” law “looms on the horizon” but wouldn’t discuss the issue any further. The law says there is “no duty to retreat” when someone believes they are facing a threat.
He added reports of Gasser allegedly standing above McKnight and cursing at him before firing his weapon were not accurate as was a report McKnight was apologizing to Gasser when the shooting occurred.
(with files from NOLA.com)