Joe McKnight’s shooter released from custody without charge

The suspect in the shooting of Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Joe McKnight has been released from custody without being charged.

Police have acknowledged that Ronald Gasser, 54, shot McKnight Thursday afternoon in New Orleans.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said the 28-year-old McKnight was standing outside his car when he was shot by Ronald Gasser, 54, Normand said during a news conference at the scene of the shooting.

“The only thing we know right now, everything else is conjecture, is that Mr. Gasser did in fact shoot Mr. McKnight,” Normand said.

Media reports have said quoted an unnamed witness saying she saw a man at the intersection yelling at McKnight, who was trying to apologize. The man shot McKnight more than once, the witness said. She said he shot McKnight, stood over him and said, “I told you don’t you f— with me.” Then the man fired again, she said.

Normand said Gasser stayed at the scene and relinquished his weapon to responding officers.

The sheriff said he did not know where the incident started, but noted that McKnight was standing outside his vehicle when he was shot. He did not release any details on the number of times McKnight was shot, saying the coroner’s office would do so.

Police have said that McKnight did not have a gun.

McKnight was signed to Saskatchewan’s practice roster on Sept. 26, and he ran for 150 yards in his first CFL start on Oct. 15 as the Roughriders beat Toronto 29-11. McKnight finished the 2016 season with 228 rushing yards and 80 receiving yards over five games with Edmonton and Saskatchewan.

– with files from the Associated press and NOLA.com

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