Authorities Search for Motive in Death of Super Bowl-Winner Will Smith

Police say the former New Orleans Saints player was shot and killed by 28-year-old Cardell Hayes.
2:44 | 04/11/16

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But we begin with an investigation under way in the shooting death of super bowl winner will smith the former new Orleans saints star was killed in what looks like a road rage confrontation. Road rage or aggressive driving were factors in 350 fatal crashes in 2015. ABC's Ryan smith with the latest. Reporter: Good morning, George. The suspect was in a white house yesterday. Charged with second-degree murder. Le held on bond. While police believe smith and the shooter were strangers, this morning, new details emerging about a bizarre connection between them. This morning, police still coming through the details behind the death of former NFL star will smith. Will smith will get Carson palmer. Reporter: Once one of the best defensive ends in the game, helping lead the saints to a super bowl in 2010. One life is over and another life is ruined. Reporter: Police say this man, 28-year-old Cardell Hayes killed smith in a road-rage incident turned deadly shortly after 11:00 P.M. Saturday night when Hayes bumped his hummer into smith's Mercedes SUV. The pair exchanging words, then Hayes allegedly opening fire. Smith suffering multiple gunshot wounds. Pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, Racquel, shot in the leg. No information to suggest that they knew one another. Reporter: Police aren't sharing a motive, but smith and Hayes seemed to share an odd connection. Hayes recently settled a lawsuit over a police shooting death of his father. ABC news confirming smith and cervelo had dinner Saturday night. Overnight, Hayes' attorney denying revenge was a factor in the incident. Not only did my client call 911 but my client secured a witness who was about to leave the scene and my client waited for law enforcement to arrive. Now, tell me if that's the behavior that's consistent with someone who's an animal out here looking for blood? Reporter: Condolences pouring in from around the sports world for will smith. Lebron James tweeting, so sad. Smith the father of three was elected to the saints hall of fame just last month. As for Hayes, he'll be back in this courthouse today to get a new lawyer, George and robin. We are thinking of will smith's family. Now to the O.J. Simpson trial, back if the heed lines

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