Police say ex-Saint Will Smith had gun in car

Notes, flowers and balloons are left at a makeshift memorial Monday, April 11, 2016, near the spot where former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot and killed, and his wife was wounded by gunfire, after a traffic accident in New Orleans on Saturday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Police say former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith had a loaded gun inside his vehicle on the night he was shot.

In a statement released Tuesday, New Orleans police said they found a 9 mm handgun in Smith’s vehicle. They also said they found a loaded revolver inside the vehicle of the man accused of shooting Smith, Cardell Hayes.

But police said there was no evidence to suggest either of those weapons was fired during the shooting Saturday night. Police say Hayes shot Smith with a different handgun.

New surveillance video appears to show Smith’s vehicle bumping a vehicle possibly driven by the man accused of shooting him.

A defense attorney for Hayes, John Fuller, says there’s more to the story. He says Hayes himself had been rear-ended moments earlier by a hit-and-run driver, and called 911 to describe the car he was following before he ran into Smith’s Mercedes.

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