In a news release, New Orleans police confirmed the death of former Saints defensive end Will Smith in a shooting near the intersection of Sophie Wright Place and Felicity Street.
Sunday morning, police announced the arrest of Cardell Hayes in connection with Smith's death. Hayes, 28, is held on one count of second-degree murder, according to jail records. It is not clear if he has entered a plea.
Hayes will also be charged with aggravated battery in the shooting of Smith's wife, Racquel, who was riding with him in their vehicle, New Orleans Police Department spokesman Tyler Gamble tells PEOPLE. Hayes could face additional charges, Gamble says.
Police alleged in the news release that Smith and the female occupant of the car – Racquel – were shot by Hayes after he rear-ended their vehicle with his Hummer.
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Witnesses heard six to eight gunshots, according to NOLA.com.
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Officers responded to the scene about 11:30 p.m. local time., according to the release. Gamble says police are still working to reconstruct a timeline of events, from the collision to the shooting.
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Hayes stayed on the scene until officers arrived, police said, and the weapon used in the shooting has been recovered. Gamble declined to release more information about what Hayes may have said to officers on the scene.
Smith played for the Saints for the duration of his career, having been drafted by the team in the first round in 2004; and was part of the team's Super Bowl-winning 2009 season.
"We are thankful for the outpouring of support and prayers," his family said in a statement, according to WWL-TV. "We ask that you continue to respect the family's privacy as they grieve the loss of a devoted husband, father and friend."
In a statement Sunday morning, Saints' general manager Mickey Loomis commemorated Smith as a "leader" and an "important contributor to numerous charitable causes."
Statement from Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis: pic.twitter.com/dbckcU98Lb— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) April 10, 2016
Many of Smith's former teammates also said public goodbyes.
Sick to my stomach! This one hurts— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) April 10, 2016
Were praying for the Smith family. I'm hurt to hear about this news. This man had a beautiful family. His life taken away for nothing— Jermon Bushrod (@j_bushrod7475) April 10, 2016
Devastated. Lord please be with the Smith family at this tragic time. Nonsense man...— Mark Ingram II (@MarkIngram22) April 10, 2016
Smith is survived by his wife and three children – two sons and a daughter – according to WWL-TV.