Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith had loaded gun in his car when he was shot and killed on Saturday night.
According to the New Orleans Police on Tuesday, they found a 9-millimeter handgun inside Will Smith’s Mercedez-Benz SUV. However, the investigators found no trace that the gun was fired during the incident.
A fully loaded revolver was also found in Cardell Hayes’ Hummer H2. Hayes was the primary suspect in the incident and charged with the second-degree murder. The investigators also found no trace indicating the gun was used in the incident. But, empty shells from a 45-caliber handgun were found in the scene that were suspected to belong to Hayes.
Before both cars were inspected, the police needed to provide a search warrant on Tuesday morning.
Pierre Thomas, a friend of Will Smith, said he witnessed the incident and shared his emotion on an Instagram post:
“The last few days has been a whirlwind and I am still trying to wrap my head around this whole thing. I flew out of New Orleans last night and back to Chicago because I couldn’t think straight… I witnessed a close friend, teammate and a man that I thought of as one of my big brothers in the NFL shot to death OVER A (EXPLETIVE) FENDER BENDER!!!! Why!? I just don’t get it… these images that I have in my head will never leave me and I understand that and will have to live with it. I want to thank each and everyone of you, my family, friends, fans and the entire Who Dat Nation for all of your thoughts and prayers…. But let’s send them instead to Will’s family- his wife and 3 kids who have to be strong during this difficult time.
“People!! When is this (expletive) going to stop? There is so much senseless killing going on in our world, and I’m not saying that I have the answers to fix it… but I am willing to do my part to help and find a solution. My heart is heavy and I wish I could turn back the hands of time, but what is done is done. Sadly my friend is gone but he will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace Will.”
According to Nola.com, a video surveillance footage showed a Mercedez-Benz rear-ending a Hummer which was believed to belong to Smith and Hayes, respectively. The detectives concluded through the video that there was a traffic collision before the shooting happened.
On another report at Nola.com, an investigation was on-going with the supposed third vehicle involved where two of Smith’s friends were inside. Also, there were two more people inside the Mercedes-Benz, aside from Will Smith and Racquel Smith, but they were unharmed.
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