During a press conference held Wednesday, Smith family attorney Peter Thompson, revealed that Raquel Smith was deliberately shot first in the altercation that left her husband dead, according to NOLA .com. According to Thompson, Raquel Smith and another woman passenger in Smith’s SUV got out and attempted to “defuse” the situation.
“(Raquel Smith) was actually telling the shooter, before the shooting occurred, ‘Leave us alone. Go back to your car. We have children. This is not worth this,’” Thomson said. “And holding her hand up to him to ask him to stop.”
Thomson went on to mentioned that although Raquel Smith walked her husband back to their vehicle, “the killer follows them” and shot Raquel in both her legs, from the side, as she stood with her husband on the driver’s side of their SUV. In addition, Thomson stated that one .45-caliber bullet fractured Raquel’s right femur near her knee, and another went through her left thigh.
“Moments later, the killer unloads six to eight shots into Will’s back,” Thomson said. “The killer shot Will Smith into the back eight times, and there were at least 10 shots that we know were fired. At no time during this event did Will Smith either brandish or carry a firearm.”
At this time, Raquel Smith is being treated for gunshot wounds to each of her legs at University Medical Center. The coroner in Will Smith’s case acknowledged that Smith was shot eight times, including seven times in the back. The former athlete’s death “has been preliminarily classified as a homicide.
At the center of the case is 28-year-old Cardell Hayes, who has been charged with second-degree murder and claims that he was “not the aggressor” in the incident with Will Smith.