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NOPD reports fully-loaded gun found in Will Smith's vehicle

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) -

New Orleans police say a fully-loaded 9 millimeter handgun was found inside of Will Smith's vehicle.

Smith, 34, was shot and killed late Saturday night in the Lower Garden District. His 33-year-old wife was also shot in the leg during the incident. 

The former Saint was found inside his SUV shot multiple times to his back and torso. 

The weapon was discovered while detectives executed a search warrant on both Smith's Mercedes G63 and the suspect's Hummer H2. 

Detectives also found a fully-loaded revolved inside the Hummer. However, police did not find any bullet casings inside the vehicles. There was also no ballistic evidence to show that the weapons were fired during Saturday night's shooting.

According to police, the suspect, 28-year-old Cardell Hayes, allegedly fired a .45 caliber handgun in the incident. Hayes was arrested and booked with second-degree murder. 

Police continue to investigate what appears to be a road rage incident that turned deadly.

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