Will Smith shot dead in traffic altercation.

Will Smith and wife
Will Smith and wife

New Orleans police said Smith and his wife were both shot in an apparent traffic altercation late Saturday night near Magazine Street in the city’s Lower Garden District.

Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot dead Saturday night in an apparent traffic altercation, authorities said.
He was 34.

Smith was picked in the first round of the NFL draft and was on the Super Bowl-winning team in 2010.

Hours before the shooting, he tweeted that he was “having a blast” Saturday night at the French Quarter Fest, an annual event in the famed New Orleans district.

Smith’s former team confirmed his death, and expressed its condolences.
“A senseless and tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Will Smith — his wife Racquel — his children William, Wynter and Lisa,” said Greg Bensel, the Saints’ vice president of communications.

New Orleans police said Smith and his wife were both shot in an apparent traffic altercation late Saturday night near Magazine Street in the city’s Lower Garden District.

The pair were in their car when a Hummer hit them from behind, causing their car to rear-end another vehicle in front of them.

Smith and the Hummer driver got into a confrontation, police said. The Hummer driver allegedly shot him multiple times and his wife twice in the leg. She was transported to a local hospital.

The 30-year-old Hummer driver stayed on the scene, and is in custody undergoing questioning, police said in a statement.

Mark Ingram, a Heisman-winning running back at Alabama who was drafted by the Saints in 2011, said he was “devastated.”
“Lord please be with the Smith family at this tragic time. Nonsense man …,” he tweeted.

Former Saints player Reggie Bush tweeted “life is too short” following reports of Smith’s death.

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