Police are investigating whether the shooting death of Will Smith, a former defensive end who played on the New Orleans Saints‘ Super Bowl-winning team, was a random act that occurred when an argument erupted into road rage after an auto accident Saturday night in New Orleans’s Lower Garden District.

Orleans Parish coroner Jeffrey Rouse confirmed for Nola. com that Smith, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene and his wife, Racquel, was hospitalized with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg. Cardell Hayes, the 28-year-old driver of the other vehicle, was booked at around 8 a. m. Sunday on a second-degree murder charge. He remained on the scene after shooting Smith multiple times until police arrived shortly after the 11:29 p. m. CDT shooting.

Although a police spokesman said Sunday morning that the shooting “could possibly have been road rage,” details of Hayes’s background were a focus of investigation Sunday afternoon. A former high school football star in the New Orleans area, Hayes had worked security for the Saints while Smith played for the team.
Police look for motive beyond road rage in shooting death of Will Smith - The Washington Post