Reports: Three Dead, Including Two Former Football Players, After Shooting At Auburn Off-Campus Party [UPDATE]

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Details are still sketchy, but it appears a shooting took place at an Auburn University off-campus housing complex that is reportedly home to many Auburn athletes. The shooting took place at a party at the complex at some time around 9:30 p.m., according to police chief Tommy Dawson. A press conference is reportedly scheduled for 1:00 p.m.


According to Turquorius Vines, a participant who is not an Auburn student, the incident at University Heights apartments took place because of an argument over a girl he and a friend had with two strangers at the party.

The party "went from us chilling with all these females to a massacre for no reason at all," Vines said. "It happened so quick, in about a second."

Vines reportedly punched one of the individuals, and the friend hit another over the head with a bottle. The strangers then began shooting.

Police have not revealed many details as of yet, but there are many reports on Twitter that at least two football players were killed in the shooting. ABC is reporting that three players were involved in the shooting and two former players have in fact died as a result.

The Auburn Police Department has not identified any of the victims or their conditions, but according to a family member and tweets from alumni and local reporters, two football players — Ladarious Phillips and Ed Christian — were shot and killed, while another player, Eric Mack, remains hospitalized.

Phillips' mother confirmed to ABC that her son was killed last night, but does not know the details around the shooting. In all three people have been confirmed dead and two others seriously injured.

We will update accordingly.

Update 1, 3:25 p.m.: According to the Journal-Constitution, the three men who have died are Phillips, Christian and Demario Pitts, a 20-year-old from Opelika. More:

One more victim, 20-year-old John Robertson, is "fighting for his life" at University of Alabama Birmingham hospital, Auburn Police chief Tommy Dawson told reporters Sunday afternoon.

Two more men, Xavier Moss, 19, and sophomore Tigers offensive lineman Eric Mack suffered minor injuries, police said.


Update 2, 6:50 p.m: Reader Ralph points out that Demario Pitts was involved in another shooting as recently as this March. He turned himself in to police after he accidentally shot and killed his 15-year-old-cousin.

Photo via AJC
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