Joe McKnight, a former running back for the NY Jets, was fatally shot in Louisiana yesterday in what's been described as a "possible road rage episode." He was 28 years old.

Local law enforcement officials say McKnight was shot "multiple times" at around 2:45 p.m. in Terrytown, La., located just five miles outside of New Orleans. Local police identified 54-year-old Ronald Gasser as the shooting suspect; he stayed on the scene and handed in his gun before being taken into custody.

A witness says she saw Gasser yell at McKnight in a busy intersection, and when McKnight, who did not have a gun, tried to apologize, Gasser shot him multiple times, telling him, "I told you don't you fuck with me." McKnight was pronounced dead at the scene.

Local authorities seem certain that Gasser fatally shot McKnight, but the suspect was released without charges last night. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says the investigation is ongoing.

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Ronald Gasser (Handout)

McKnight played for the Jets from 2010 to 2012, starting once in 39 games and gaining 505 yards rushing and 177 receiving. He was released in August 2013, and played two games with Kansas City in 2014. The Jets released a statement about McKnight on Twitter:

Former Jets coach Rex Ryan also released a statement:

And former teammates took to social media to mourn McKnight: