“Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot to death in New Orleans’s Lower Garden District on Saturday night, following a traffic collision, the city’s Coroner’s Office has confirmed to ABC. A police report says Smith’s Mercedes G63 SUV was rear-ended by a Hummer H2 while driving with his wife. The driver of the Hummer and Smith ‘exchanged words at which time the driver of the Hummer produced a handgun’ and shot Smith ‘multiple times and his 34-year-old wife twice in the right leg.’ Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife was transported to a local hospital.” I think it needs to be said that . . .
“exchanging words” with an enraged driver by the side of the road is a really bad idea. Not to automotively profile, but that goes double if the driver’s piloting a HUMMER or enormous pickup or anything in the tire-wearing testosterone projection department.
Like an AMG G63? Yes, well, Mr. Smith obviously liked to live large — as is his right. But there is something to be said for not doing so, self-defense-wise. Walk softly and carry a big SIG? Something like that.
Meanwhile, Smith’s killer was arrested, his gun recovered and charges filed. Note: it is possible the HUMMER driver shot Smith in self-defense. Watch this space.