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Man who 'shot former New York Jets star Joe McKnight in road rage killing' charged with manslaughter

'He stood over and murdered him: Ex-Teammates and family of former NFL star voice fury after man, 54, who shot him dead in 'road rage' attack is RELEASED without charge Man who 'shot former New York Jets star Joe McKnight in road rage killing' charged with

  • Ronald Gasser, 54, was taken into custody on December 5 and charged with manslaughter
  • The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana will hold a press conference about the arrest at 10am on Tuesday 
  • He is accused of fatally shooting former NFL star Joe McKnight last Thursday in a road-rage incident
  • McKnight, who was a former running back for the New York Jets, was just 28 
  • Gasser allegedly shot at McKnight from inside his car, though one witness claims he stood over McKnight and fired, saying:  'I told you not to f*** with me'
  • Louisiana is a 'Stand Your Ground' state 

The Louisiana man accused of fatally shooting former NFL star Joe McKnight was arrested on Monday and charged with manslaughter.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office website shows that Ronald Gasser, 54, was taken into custody on December 5 and is currently being held without bond.

No other details have been given but it would appear that this arrest is connected with the death of Joe McKnight, the onetime New York Jets running back who Gasser allegedly shot after an apparent road-rage incident.

McKnight was just 28. 

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand has called a news conference for 10 a.m. Tuesday to discuss the case. 

Gasser had been released last week shortly after the incident pending a further investigation into the events surrounding McKnight's death.

Behind bars: Ronald Gasser (above) was taken into custody on December 5 and charged with manslaughter

Behind bars: Ronald Gasser (above) was taken into custody on December 5 and charged with manslaughter

Tragedy: He is accused of fatally shooting former NFL star Joe McKnight (above in 2012) last Thursday in a road-rage incident

Tragedy: He is accused of fatally shooting former NFL star Joe McKnight (above in 2012) last Thursday in a road-rage incident

Explaining more: The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana will hold a press conference about the arrest at 10am on Tuesday (Gasser above on Thursday) 

Explaining more: The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana will hold a press conference about the arrest at 10am on Tuesday (Gasser above on Thursday) 

On Thursday, deputies who arrived on the scene said that Gasser handed over his gun and admitted to shooting McKnight. 

Witnesses on the scene stated that the two men were seen in a heated argument before three shots were fired, killing McKnight.

Witnesses said that McKnight did not have a weapon, something that authorities later confirmed.

There were also reports that after Gasser had shot McKnight he stood over his body and shot him one more, saying: 'I told you not to f*** with me.' 

McKnight was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Police took Gasser in at that time but released him the next morning. Louisiana is a 'Stand Your Ground' state. 

It has been established that both Gasser and his late father, Robert Gasser Sr, have a history of troubles on the road ranging from speeding tickets to illegally cutting across private property.

The most troubling parallel was revealed by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating McKnight’s death.

The sheriff said that it happened on February 20, 2006 on the Crescent City Connection bridge, which is where Gasser’s altercation a decade later with McKnight began.

At the time, John Shilling was 51 and working at the Rolls Royce Commercial Marine in New Orleans.

Speaking at his home in Marrero, Shilling said: ‘There was a number on the side of the vehicle if he was driving irate and crazy.

‘I said to myself I was going to call his boss. I called the number and he was the boss. I said hey we’ve got a guy in a red truck. He said: ‘I am the guy in the red truck!’

‘It didn’t bother me. I said you’re driving like a fool. He sees me on the phone and realises it’s me.

‘I pull off (the road) to get out the way, unlike the two of them (McKnight and Gasser). They stayed together.'

It was then when he went to a gas station that Shilling said Gasser hopped out of his car and began to spit at him and 'swung at him a few times.'

Gasser then drove off but was later issued a misdemeanor summons for simple battery which was ultimately dismissed. 

Sheriff defends decision to release suspect in McKnight killing

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Ronald Gasser who shot dead ex-NFL star Joe McKnight is RELEASED without charge

  • Ronald Gasser, 54, has been released by Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office
  • Joe McKnight, 28, was shot dead in Terrytown, New Orleans, on Thursday
  • Ex-NFL running back was killed after an argument at an intersection 
  • Relative Shantell Dobard said the 'system is so screwed up' after release
  • Medical staff were filmed giving McKnight CPR on the street  

Former teammates and family of ex-NFL star Joe McKnight have voiced their disgust at the decision to release the man who shot him dead in New Orleans without charge.

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

Ronald Gasser, 54, who is white, was taken into custody after the shooting.

But the Sheriff's office told Dailymail.com on Friday morning that he has been released and 'not charged as of yet, but it remains under investigation.'  

Ronald Gasser, 54, (pictured after the incident) was taken into custody following the shooting. He has been released without charge

Ronald Gasser, 54, (pictured after the incident) was taken into custody following the shooting. He has been released without charge

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

28-year-old NFL player Joe McKnight shot dead in road rage incident

Antonio Cromartie, a former Jets teammate of McKnight's, was incensed by the decision.

He fired off three Tweets saying he simply didn't understand what the police were doing.

'How in hell do you release someone who killed my brother, my friend a father a son a brother without charging him. Bull Crap.

'You tell how can a man murder someone go get to sleep in his bed at night. But my brother can't. What the hell am I to tell my nephew.

'He stood over and murdered him. What else do you f***ing need New Orleans Police Department. Y'all ain't protecting and serving s***.' 

Zach Brown, who plays for the Buffalo Bills, wrote: 'Wtf no charges! Y'all have the damn video! N.O. Have to change the damn gun law! This is getting outta hand now. Something have to change!!'

Kyle Williams, who used to play with McKnight at the Chiefs, wrote, wrote: 'This is some bulls***!!! He stood over him and shot him in broad daylight!!! And f***in stayed there!! Released and not charged!!?!?!?'

Shantell Dobard, 41, a relative of McKnight, said the decision had 'got me sick to my stomach'.

'I'm just disappointed how they just let him go free after he shot to death an unarmed man,' she told Nola.com. 'The system is so screwed up.' 

Incensed: Antonio Cromartie accused Glasser of murdering his former Jets teammate and was furious that the police department released him without charge

Incensed: Antonio Cromartie accused Glasser of murdering his former Jets teammate and was furious that the police department released him without charge

Stung: Antonio Cromartie (pictured in Jets Uniform in 2012) was clearly affected by the death of McKnight, retweeting lots of tributes on Thursday before making his feelings known about the release Friday

Stung: Antonio Cromartie (pictured in Jets Uniform in 2012) was clearly affected by the death of McKnight, retweeting lots of tributes on Thursday before making his feelings known about the release Friday

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

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

 Gasser was questioned by homicide detectives overnight. He never left the scene of the shooting and turned his gun into authorities.

Gasser was pictured sitting by his car as medical staff attempted to revive McKnight. 

The Sheriff's department told TMZ that Gasser 'definitely' shot McKnight but there were 'questions about the circumstances surrounding what led up to it. 

Medical emergency staff gave the 28-year-old CPR on the street but he was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering multiple gun shot wounds, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said. 

A witness at the scene said that she saw a man yelling at another man, believed to be McKnight, at an intersection who was trying to apologize. 

She said the man yelling fired his gun more than once and stood over him saying: 'I told you don't you f*** with me.' He then fired again.

Multiple other witnesses say they saw the driver of the Infiniti sedan pull McKnight from his Audi before allegedly shooting him, Fox 8 reports.  

McKnight was not armed at the time, according to police.  

Gasser's family said they were shocked by the incident and were struggling to understand. 

'I'm speechless at the moment,' his daughter Candice Gasser-Bua said.

The alleged shooter's sister, Sharon Weileman, said: 'He's the best guy, the most generous guy. I have no idea what happened. I can't even talk right now.' 

Gasser ran his own own telecommunications business, lived alone in his house and was rarely seen by his neighbors. 

Neighbors said he moved into the house 15 years ago to live with his father, but he died last year.

'I never saw anyone else coming or going out of there,' a resident said, referring to Gasser as a loner. 

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. 

His stepfather, Elmo Lee, said McKnight was about to be signed by the Minnesota Vikings.  

'I just want people to know that this was not a troubled kid. The boy was just trying to make it back in the NFL, that's all he wanted to do,' he said. 

'That was his whole dream since six years old. I've been knowing him from six, and this is just senseless, and it has to stop. Somewhere it has to stop.'

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

The shooting occurred at about 3pm at the intersection of Behrman Highway and Holmes Boulevard

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 sports journalist pays tribute to Joe McKnight
McKnight had just finished a season playing for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League.

The head coach Chris Jones released a statement saying: 'We are shocked to hear the news of Joe's sudden passing. We send our deepest sympathies to Joe's family, friends, and all those impacted by this tragedy.' 

Fans and former teammates posted tributes on social media following news of his shock death.

The New York Jets tweeted: 'Rest in peace, Joe McKnight. Our thoughts and condolences are with his loved ones'.

Cromartie said: 'Just got a message saying my former teammate Joe McKnight was killed today. This hurt to the heart. I can't stop crying. #RestInPeace.'

Journalist Eric Allen tweeted: 'Back in 2011, we asked #JoeMcKnight who his best friend on the #Jets was and he said, 'Everybody's my best friend.' That was Joe.' 

The running back was drafted by the New York Jets in 2010. he is seen above playing in December 2012

The running back was drafted by the New York Jets in 2010. he is seen above playing in December 2012

The New York Jets tweeted: 'Rest in peace, Joe McKnight. Our thoughts and condolences are with his loved ones' following news of his death on Thursday

The New York Jets tweeted: 'Rest in peace, Joe McKnight. Our thoughts and condolences are with his loved ones' following news of his death on Thursday

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. 

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.' 

McKnight's death comes just months after retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith was also shot dead in New Orleans aged just 34; He was shot after exchanging words with the driver of a Hummer H2 that rear-ended his Mercedes G63 SUV in April

McKnight's death comes just months after retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith was also shot dead in New Orleans aged just 34; He was shot after exchanging words with the driver of a Hummer H2 that rear-ended his Mercedes G63 SUV in April

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Comment by carolyn johnson on December 7, 2016 at 12:32pm
Lok at dat cracker. N his eyes now tel me wat you c
Comment by CARIBBEAN QUEEN on December 6, 2016 at 4:49pm

THE ONLY ARRESTED HIM NOW BECAUSE HIM AND HIS FATHER HAS BEEN DOING THIS FOR YEARS ROAD RAGING PEOPLE. THE WHITE DUDE IS A CON MAN. STAYED THEIR AND LIED TO POLICE AND THEY BELIEVED EVERY WORD HE SAID, JUST LIKE TRUMP .HE GOT ON HIS PODIUM AND TELLS LIES AFTER LIES AFTER LIES....   

Comment by Alicia Johnson on December 4, 2016 at 2:27am
So they arrested the black shooter in the Will Smith shooting but let this white shooter go home. Ain't nothing change people. A white mans word is still more believable than a black mans.
Comment by Yahzequel Ben Israel on December 3, 2016 at 10:31pm

African Americans need to do a new  revolution in the mind cause the old ways are not working the marching and crying out to the white supremacy system the way it looks no one who is black is safe in Babylon Amerikkka this is more spiritual war than the skin color so here is the best way to fight the enemy, 1- get out of their pagan religions one called Christianity 2- stop calling on their white jesus Christ our black savor name is YAHOSHUA  3- do not do what the white Europeans does like celebrating pagan helladaze Christmas,easter,thanksgiving,new years eve,july4,etc do stay away , 4-join the police force  security your own neighborhoods, 5-open up stores in your hoods and start love and respect each others 6-do no interracial marriages no non African its wickedness 7-keep the bible its a black history book here's site www.israyliteheritage.org   lets wake up people

Comment by Mr. Johnson on December 2, 2016 at 6:58pm
White supremacy is in full force! Beware!
Comment by Sandra on December 2, 2016 at 5:58pm
This is a sad situation that's why I always carry mines you never know what fool is out here thinking these days always protect your self
Comment by Dave on December 2, 2016 at 2:39pm
Protect yourselves. Especially if you live in places with open and concealed carry laws. Don't jump out of cars be prepared.

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