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New Orleans is in mourning after the loss of former National Football League star Joe McKnight in an alleged road rage shooting on Thursday.

Normand said his office had been publicly criticized for releasing Gasser, who is white, in the shooting of McKnight, a black football player who had a five-year career in the NFL.

A report from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, said a witness "saw a man at the intersection yelling at McKnight, who was trying to apologize".

Gasser, despite being referred to as "the individual who shot and killed Mr. Mcknight", by Jefferson County Parish Sheriff Newell Normand, was released overnight without being charged, the New Orleans Times Picayune reports. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said Gasser fired three shots - all hitting McKnight - through an open window after McKnight exited his vehicle.

The shooting happened Thursday afternoon near an intersection in Terrytown, which is about 5 miles south of New Orleans across the Mississippi River.

McKnight, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene, suffering from "multiple gunshot wounds", Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Department said in a statement on Thursday.

The drivers pulled over at the intersection of Behrman and Holmes Boulevard with police saying that Gasser appeared to have fired three times from inside his vehicle.

In explaining why Gasser was allowed to leave, Normand said authorities need to talk to more witnesses. The press release also mentioned the charge, which was dropped, now will be reviewed again after Gasser's latest incident.

When Joe McKnight was arriving at USC as the Parade national high school football player of the year, he was often compared to another great USC running back, Reggie Bush.

"It's been a while since I've spoken with him, but I mean he's a part of the Trojan family", Grimble said.

McKnight's death was eerily similar to that of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith who was killed last April in a shooting sparked by a traffic altercation. I've been knowing him from six, and this is just senseless, and it has to stop.

Normand said many people in his office are close to the McKnight family. On November 27, the case was dismissed by the district attorney., court records say.

Gasser and the victim had a verbal altercation over the phone.

"It just becomes nearly unfathomable that a life could be snuffed out that quickly over getting cut off in a lane or a bumper getting bumped - and people would lose it to that degree", said J.T. Curtis, head football coach at John Curtis High School. McKnight signed with Kansas City in January 2014 but later tore his Achilles tendon and missed the rest of the year. Grimble was a redshirt freshman in 2010 and declared for the NFL Draft after the 2013 campaign, never playing with McKnight.

McKnight's former Jets teammate Antonio Cromartie was not convinced.

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