Former Jets RB Joe McKnight shot dead in New Orleans

Former Jets running back and returner Joe McKnight was reportedly shot and killed in a New Orleans suburb on Thursday afternoon. He was 28.

The shooting, which was reported at 3 p.m., occurred after an argument at an intersection in Terrytown, La., the Jefferson Parish Sherriff’s Office told The Times-Picayune.

A witness told the newspaper she observed one man yelling at another at the intersection. One man, McKnight, was “trying to apologize,” as the man yelling then shot him multiple times.

The shooter then “stood over” the victim and said “I told you don’t f–k with me” before firing another shot, according to the witness.

Joe McKnight dead at 28: Ex-Jets, others mourn shocking loss

The Jets drafted McKnight in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft out of USC. He spent three years with the Jets before being cut in training camp in 2013. During training camp that year, McKnight failed a conditioning test and was arrested in New Jersey for outstanding traffic violations.

McKnight played two games for the Chiefs in 2014 and has been out of the NFL since then.

Former Saints defensive lineman Will Smith was also shot and killed in New Orleans earlier this year after a minor car crash. Terrytown is just more than five miles away from downtown New Orleans.

Joe McKnight is shot and killed on Thursday afternoon.

Joe McKnight is shot and killed on Thursday afternoon.

(L.G. Patterson/AP)

Antonio Cromartie shared on Twitter: “Just got a message saying my former teammate Joe McKnight was killed today. This hurt to the heart. I can’t stop crying. #RestInPeace”

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Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, who also played with McKnight on Gang Green, wrote “Can’t believe my boy gone S.I.P Joe McKnight”

USC football coach Clay Helton tweeted: “Saddens me to hear the news about Joe McKnight. Our prayers go out to the McKnight family.”

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