Will Smith, who formerly played as a defensive end for the New Orleans Saints, was shot to death late last night by a driver he exchanged words with over a minor fender bender. His wife was also a victim in the shooting and is said to be critically injured.
Police said Smith, 34, and his wife were traveling eastbound in their Mercedes Benz SUV when they were rear-ended by a Hummer H2. The impact caused the Smith’s vehicle to go flying into Chevy Impala ahead of them.
NOPD spokesman Juan Barnes says this is when things got ugly. “Smith and the driver of the Hummer exchanged words, at which time the driver of the Hummer produced a handgun and shot the male victim (Smith) multiple times and his 34-year-old wife twice in the right leg.” Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.
Luckily, several witnesses, including a few tourists headed to the French Quarter, witnessed the shooting and were able to give statements. Police said the 30-year-old driver of the Hummer is in custody and is currently undergoing questioning.
Our thoughts are with the Smith family and The Saints community during this tragic time.