Ex-NFL star Joe McKnight was murdered in a road rage shooting in Terrytown, New Orleans on Thursday

Ex-NFL star Joe McKnight was allegedly shot dead by a 54-year-old white man following a road rage incident in New Orleans. 

McKnight, who played for the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs, was shot dead on Thursday afternoon in Terrytown after an argument at an intersection.

Medical emergency staff were filmed giving the 28-year-old CPR as he lied on the street.

He was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering multiple gun shot wounds, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office told Dailymail.com.

Ronald Gasser has been taken into custody over the shooting, which occurred just before 3pm at the intersection of Behrman Highway and Holmes Boulevard.

Police said he was a 54-year-old white male. 

He is currently being questioned by homicide detectives but has not yet been arrested. Gasser never left the scene of the shooting and turned his gun into authorities.   

A witness at the scene who declined to give her name told Nola.com  she was leaving a store in the area when she saw a man at the intersection yelling at another man, who was trying to apologize. The man who was yelling shot the other man more than once, she said.

She said the shooter shot the man, stood over him and said "I told you don't you f--- with me." Then he fired again, she said.   

McKnight was not armed.  

The shooting in Terrytown, New Orleans occurred at about 3pm on Thursday 

McKnight's family members identified the 28-year-old who was pronounced dead at the scene
 
McKnight's family members identified the 28-year-old who was pronounced dead at the scene

McKnight played football for John Curtis High School and the University of Southern California.

The running back was drafted by the New York Jets in 2010 and the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014. 

McKnight's death comes just months after retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith was also shot dead in New Orleans.

The 34-year-old was fatally shot in the back and side after exchanging words with the driver of a Hummer H2 that rear-ended his Mercedes G63 SUV in April. 

Smith's wife was shot twice in the right leg. 

Cardell 'Bear' Hayes - a 28-year-old former security guard for the Saints - was arrested and charged with second-degree murder over Smith's death. 

 
The shooting occurred at about 3pm at the intersection of Behrman Highway and Holmes Boulevard
 
The former NFL running back played for the New York Jets (pictured) and Kansas City Chiefs

The former NFL running back played for the New York Jets (pictured) and Kansas City Chiefs

 
Friends and family of former NFL player Joe McKnight gathered at the scene on Thursday
 
 
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand consoled a woman at the scene of former NFL player Joe McKnight's homicide

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said this week that gun violence in the city was 'out of control' after a mass shooting left nine injured and one dead on the famous Bourbon Street on Sunday morning. 

Ten people aged between 20 and 37 - eight men and two women - were shot after gunfire broke out. One male victim died.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu described the shocking scene as 'totally unacceptable.' 

'The violence continues to spin out of control with people brandishing weapons whenever they think they can,' he told WDSU.

'It's really unfortunate.'

Two people were arrested on gun charges after the deadly fracas - one of whom was also injured in the gunplay.

 
The running back was drafted by the New York Jets in 2010
 
The running back was drafted by the New York Jets in 2010
 
 
 
 
 

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