Former NFL star Joe McKnight was killed outside of New Orleans in Terrytown days ago in a road rage incident. Now, not only has his identified shooter been released, but it’s been discovered this is NOT his first road rage incident at that same location. Details inside…
It’s been a frustrating and sickening ripple of developments in the case of former Jets player Joe McKnight.
Several witnesses identified Ronald Gasser as the shooter who dragged Joe out of his car at Holmes Boulevard and Behrman Highway in Terrytown and stood over his body shooting bullets into him. Gasser also admitted to the shooting once police arrived. Yet and still, police either don’t seem convinced, or simply don’t care. Shocker.
Not only that, police now confirm this is not Gasser’s first road rage incident. And he was still released?! Disgusted, but not surprised.
NBC News reports:
The man who fatally shot former NFL player Joe McKnight outside New Orleans — in an incident that the sheriff said began as a case of “road rage” — was charged in a road rage case a decade ago but the charge was dismissed, authorities said.
Ronald Gasser, 54, shot McKnight three times from the driver’s seat of his Infinity in the New Orleans suburb of Terrytown at around 2:43 p.m. Thursday, authorities said. He remained at the scene following the shooting until law enforcement arrived and admitted to the shooting, the sheriff’s office said.
In a press conference on Friday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand alluded to Gasser’s previous arrest, but he could not recall the details.
The details have now surfaced:
The sheriff’s public information office commander, Col. John Fortunato, explained later in an email that Gasser had been arrested 10 years ago — Feb. 20, 2006 — at the same intersection where the shooting occurred.
According to Fortunato, Gasser followed an individual who had attempted to report him for reckless driving into a service station, where he verbally assaulted the individual and then struck him with a closed fist several times.
In a non surprising development, the sheriff “doesn’t know” why the charges were dismissed and they will research the situation:
Gasser was issued a misdemeanor summons for simple battery, but the charge was ultimately dismissed, Fortunato said. He didn’t know why the charge was dismissed, but said the office would provide more information when they had fully researched the occurrence.
What else will it take for this man to be locked up?! We’re now learning the Stand Your Ground law is coming into play, despite the fact McKnight’s car had no weapon found and no witnesses that we know of have accused him of being the agressor. Nola.com states:
At a press conference Friday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand hinted that Louisiana’s “stand your ground” self-defense law “looms on the horizon” as a potential factor in the case.
There are also “conflicting reports” that are raising questions. But Gasser is still painted as a murderer.
Other alleged details about the incident are in sharp dispute. According to The Times-Picayune, an unnamed female witness—whose possible ties to McKnight and Gasser have not been made public—observed McKnight and Gasser exiting their cars and then engaging in a heated argument while standing on the road. The argument may have been connected to an incident between the two men while they were driving their cars minutes earlier. The witness claims that McKnight was attempting to apologize to Gasser when Gasser escalated their debate and shot McKnight multiple times. Further, the witness recalls that after initially shooting McKnight, Gasser walked over to McKnight’s body and declared, “I told you don’t f— with me,” and then shot McKnight again. Taken together, the unnamed witness portrays Gasser as a murderer who acted with the intent to kill McKnight in broad daylight. The witness recalling what Gasser vocalized suggests that she was standing reasonably close to the shooting.
Isn’t it about time we get rid of or HEAVILY amend these Stand Your Ground laws?!
NFL baller Reggie Bush revealed he will be honoring the former player during tomorrow night’s game:
Cleats for tomorrow’s game #RIPJoeMcKnight #FightOn pic.twitter.com/vP5aK2OJWB
— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) December 3, 2016
The painter messed up but you guys get the point https://t.co/zzWubVJtxd
— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) December 3, 2016
Completely unfortunate situation all around the death of Joe McKnight.
Photo: Times Picayune