BREAKING NEWS: Video Surveillance Sheds New Light On Will Smith Shooting [VIDEO]
That reality puts a whole new spin on who initiated the altercation, which led to the beloved Saints player's death. The video below shows new surveillance footage showing who hit whom, along with eyewitnesses giving their accounts of what happened at the time of the shooting. Based on the video above, nothing is as it seemed. Originally, it was believed that Cardell Hayes rear-ended Smith, and that he was the aggressor after the brief traffic accident.
Prior to the shooting, eyewitnesses say the two men were engaged in a heated argument, and both men had guns. Yet only one gun has been accounted for, and police say it belonged to Hayes, who maintains he acted in self defense.
Hayes' attorney, John Fuller, challenged that this was no random act of violence. In defense of his client, Fuller told reporters, "Someone hit him; the person failed to pull over. My client trailed behind this person in an effort to get this license plate number. My client also called 911." He added that Hayes was the one who called the police, stopped a witness from leaving, and stayed on the scene until police arrived. However, if you listen to the initial press release made by NOPD in the video below, it paints an entirely different picture.
The tragic event occurred late Saturday night in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans. Hours before he died, Will Smith took to Instagram and uploaded a picture of he and his wife, Racquel, with the caption, "having a blast." The happy couple was at a city festival mere hours before they were both shot.
Having a blast at the #fqf2016 A photo posted by Will Smith (@iwillsmith) on
Lee Green, who coached Hayes from 2001 to 2004 at Warren Easton High School, had a similar opinion of the defensive tackle. Green said, “He was definitely a leader on the team. He was at practice everyday. He was in weight training all during the summertime, and he was at our tutoring program. He was a real good high school student.’’