Last night (April 9), former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot and killed after an altercation due to a traffic accident. Smith’s wife was also wounded in the incident and the shooter is in custody.
New Orleans Parish Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Rouse confirmed Smith was the fatal victim in the incident. Police said Smith’s wife was wounded and was taken to a hospital. The shooter is being questioned, police said.
The double shooting took place around 11:29 p.m., near the intersection of Sophie Wright Place and Felicity Street in the Lower Garden District, NOPD said.
Police said Smith, 34, and his wife were traveling eastbound on Sophie Wright Place when their Mercedes Benz SUV was rear-ended by a Hummer H2. The collision caused the Smith’s vehicle to hit a Chevrolet Impala traveling along the same street.
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,” said NOPD spokesman Juan Barnes.
A gun was recovered from the scene. Witness said they heard a car accident and then multiple shots shortly afterwards.
The former Ohio State Buckeye was born in Queens, NY, played his entire NFL career for the Saints was also a sneakerhead.
Our condolences to Smith’s family.