Seemingly unperturbed,Ronald Gasser leans against his blue Infiniti in in Terrytown, La., Thursday as paramedics treat his victim, Joe McKnight, to the right
Investigators were slated to meet Friday with the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office to “discuss what, if any, charges will be brought against Mr. Gasser,” Col. John Fortunato, of the parish’s sheriff’s office, told the Daily News.
“There’s no timeline for when this has to be done,” Fortunato added. “We want to get it right.”
Authorities refused to offer details of the 2:43 p.m. shooting in Terrytown, but an unnamed witness provided a chilling account.
The driver of a blue Infiniti sedan was seen yelling at McKnight, who appeared to be apologizing, as they stood in the middle of a busy intersection.
According to the woman who witnessed the confrontation between the two men at a busy intersection in Terrytown, La., Thursday, the driver of a blue Infiniti sedan was yelling at former running back, McKnight. The victim appeared to be apologizing, as they stood in the middle of a busy intersection. The man who was yelling , who was later identified as Ronald Gasser, then shot McKnight several times. The shooter then stood over the victim and said,“I told you not to f*** with me,” and fired a final shot, the witness said.
“The only thing we know right now, everything else is conjecture, is that Mr. Gasser did in fact shoot Mr. McKnight,” Sheriff Normand said.
Gasser remained at the scene and calmly handedhis weapon to responding officers. Gasser was taken into custody for questioning.but cops had not yet searched the cars and won’t until a search warrant is issued.
Also established was that 28-year-old McKnight, who was drafted by the Jets in 2010, was not carrying a weapons.The sheriff said McKnight did not have a gun, and deputies did not find a gun outside his vehicle.
A search of his car was on hold pending the issuing of a search warrant.
ADA Col. John Fortunato called on any witnesses to come forward. He said the decision to release Gasser was based in part on the suspect’s account of the fatal encounter.
Former high school star athlete and one time Jets running back Joe McKnight, was killed Thursday
“That’s why it’s important that we get independent witnesses to either support or refute what he claims,” Fortunato said.
Gasser’s release has not played well with the victim’s friends and family.“He’s the best guy, the most generous guy,” Gasser’s sister, Sharon Weileman told The Times-Picayune. “I have no idea what happened. I can’t even talk right now.”
“I’m speechless at the moment,” added Gasser’s daughter, Candice Gasser-Bua. “I’m still trying to wrap my head around what happened.”
His closes friend and former teammate with the Jets, Antonio Cromartie, expressing his frustration at the development said: “I don’t get it,” Cromartie tweeted. “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 [me] how can a man murder someone go get to sleep in his bed at night,” Cromartie added. ‘But my brother can’t. What the hell am I to tell my nephew.”
Gasser’s family said they couldn’t believe the telecommunications expert was capable of murder.
Joe McKnight is treated to the right by paramedics at the scene
Gasser moved into his father’s single-story brick house in Gretna, La., about 15 years ago. Gasser has lived there alone since his dad’s death last year, neighbors said.
“He seemed to be a loner,” one local said.
“I never saw anyone else coming or going out of there.”