Sunday morning, a man was arrested in the shooting death of former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith.
According to police, Smith was rear-ended while driving in New Orleans’s Lower Garden District on Saturday night, causing him to hit a vehicle in front of him. The driver of the vehicle that hit Smith, identified by police as 28-year-old Cardell Hayes, “exchanged words” with the former football player after the crash.
Police state that Hayes then drew a handgun and shot Smith several times.
Hayes stayed at the scene, police said, and a handgun was recovered from the area. Hayes was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
Smith’s wife was also shot and transported to a local hospital. Police said her injuries were non-life-threatening.
On Sunday afternoon, a judge set bond for Hayes at $1 million and the suspect did not enter a plea.
New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said police had no information leading them to believe that Smith and Hayes knew each other prior to the shooting.
Over the weekend, prior to the incident, Smith was in good spirits and posted the Instagram photo below. [ABC News]