More details emerged from the Will Smith shooting on Wednesday. According to ESPN.com, Smith was shot eight times, including seven times in the back and once in the chest area. During the preliminary report, the New Orleans coroner ruled the former New Orleans Saints’ defensive end’s death as a homicide.
The preliminary autopsy was performed on Monday, April 11. According to the theadvertiser.com, there weren’t any additional traumatic injuries observed. Still, the details of the shooting are astonishing.
Coroner Jeffrey Rouse said in a statement, “seven of these wounds were penetrating in nature, with projectiles recovered and no corresponding exit wounds.” All of the bullets hit Smith’s upper body, and Rouse gives a detailed account of what happened.
Here is an excerpt of Jeffrey Rouse’s statement–
“These bullet tracks had entrance into the left upper back (1), left mid-back (2), left lower back (3), and left lateral chest wall (1). Many of these bullets perforated vital organs, including the lungs and heart.
“One of these wounds was a perforating wound, with both an entrance and an exit wound. This bullet entered the left upper back, traversed soft tissue, and exited from the right shoulder area.”
It’s well known that Smith was out with friends and his wife over the weekend. Therefore, it will be interesting what the toxicology reports reveal in the future. Rouse said the results will be complete in six to eight weeks from now.
After the preliminary autopsy was released, Smith’s family lawyer spoke for the first time. He paints a very different picture than the Cardell Hayes’ lawyer earlier this week. Attorney Peter M. Thomson was adamant about Hayes being the aggressor in the tragic shooting. Thomson believes Hayes “intentionally rammed” Smith’s car Saturday night. In addition, Thomas states Hayes was “enraged” when the shooting took place.
Apparently, Hayes was driving so fast behind Smith, he shattered the back windshield when they collided for the second time. It caused the Smith’s head to whip back and their Mercedes SUV ran into a Chevy Impala. Thomson said the crash was aggravated battery.
Once again, here’s where the story gets weirder. According to Smith’s lawyer, the altercation was diffused after the two men traded barbs at each other. However, Hayes ended up shooting Smith eight times. He also shot Smith’s wife Racquel two times. Indications are that he shot her first.
Reports of Hayes staying at the scene are true. However, Thomson paints a different picture. “The killer showed no remorse,” Thomson said. As Mrs. Smith was crawling away, Hayes allegedly stood over Smith’s body.
During a search of the vehicle, police found Smith’s fully-loaded firearm. There’s no evidence to suggest Smith brandished the gun at all Saturday night. However, he had a concealed-carry permit in Louisiana.
What led up to the altercation is under scrutiny as well. Did Smith hit-and-run Hayes’ Hummer H2 prior to the shooting. Surveillance video showed the two parties driving on the road. Hayes suddenly stopped and it looks like Smith bumped the back of the Hummer.
Once Hayes tried to pull over to the right, Smith decided to keep driving. Did he think it was a setup? There was another male in Hayes’ vehicle. He believes things would have been different if Hayes didn’t shoot.
Attorney Tanzanika Ruffin spoke on behalf of passenger, Kevin O’Neal Wednesday morning. Ruffin reiterated O’Neal thinks his life was saved by Hayes. “Smith had a gun and was going to shoot it.”
All we know is Hayes shot and Will Smith is dead because of it. But if he was so scared, why did he shoot the wife first?