Ladarious Phillips and Edward Christian, two former Auburn University football players, were killed late Saturday in an off-campus incident that occurred at a complex in Auburn, Alabama.
According to multiple reports, police were called regarding a shooting at the University Heights apartments at a little past 10 p.m. on Saturday night. While the details are still somewhat murky, per CNN, the shooting appears to have stemmed from a confrontation that occurred during a party.
Upon arrival, the officers found 20-year-old Christian dead. Phillips and an Auburn resident by the name of Demario Pitts (both are also 20-years-olds) died later at the hospital.
Current Auburn sophomore offensive lineman Eric Mack was among two others who were hospitalized early Sunday at East Alabama Medical Center. Mack’s injuries are said not to be life-threatening; however, the other man, Josh Robertson, is reportedly in critical condition.
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Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson told the press that a manhunt was currently underway for the suspected shooter – 22-year-old Desmonte Leonard.
"It's sickening that these young lives were cut short," Dawson said, "and also the shooter is such a young man. As a society, we've got to learn the value of life again.
"Hopefully, we'll make an arrest some time today," Dawson said.
Auburn Athletic Director (AD) Jay Jacobs released a statement on the matter earlier today:
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"This is a tragic day for the entire Auburn community," the statement read. "First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families who have been devastated by this senseless tragedy.
"We will support the families of the victims in the difficult days ahead in every way that we possibly can," he said. "Our student-athletes are obviously stunned and deeply saddened, and we are providing counseling and support for them as they grieve the loss of their teammates and friends."