Investigators handling the case at the center of the killing of former NFL running back Joe McKnight have yet to place the man who shot him in jail.
The 28-year-old ex New York Jets player died on Thursday as a result of multiple gunshot wounds after 57-year-old Ronald Gasser opened fire on him in Louisiana during a heated road rage incident. Despite confessing to fatally shooting McKnight, Gasser was released without charges on Friday and has yet to be charged four days later.
Jefferson Parrish Sheriff Newell Normand defended his decision to release Gasser, using the questionable reasoning that he “was not going anywhere” and “has been completely cooperative,” according to Fox News.
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Naturally, the news of Gasser’s release has sparked outrage across the country. Family, friends and former teammates of McKnight’s have continued to demand more answers in the days following his death, while many gathered in the Kenner, Louisiana community where McKnight first made a name for himself to pay their respects with a candlelight vigil on Saturday night.
“It was senseless,” U.S. Congressman Cedric Richmond told NOLA.com. “You’re in a car with the ability to drive away, with the ability to roll your windows up, and you feel the only choice you have is to shoot three times? I can’t comprehend that.”
The investigation into McKnight’s shooting is ongoing.