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Police: Auburn OL wounded, two ex-players killed in shooting

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Unfortunately, the tragic news speculated earlier today and slammed headfirst into the Auburn football program has been confirmed.

At a press conference that’s still ongoing, the Auburn Police Department confirmed that former AU players Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips died as a result of wounds they incurred in a late-night shooting Saturday.  Christian was pronounced dead at the scene, Phillips after being transported to a local hospital.  Both were 20 years old, as was the third male who died as a result of the gunshot wounds.

The APD also confirmed that current Tigers offensive lineman Eric Mack was shot but suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  Mack remains hospitalized but the prognosis for a full recovery is good.

Two other individuals were wounded in the shooting, with one of them “fighting for his life.”

“This is a sad, sad day for everyone associated with the entire Auburn family,” AU head coach Gene Chizik said in a statement. “I am devastated by the passing of three young men, including two that I personally knew in Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips and my heart goes out to their families. My thoughts and prayers are with their families and all of the victims involved in this tragic incident. Nobody should ever have to endure such unimaginable grief, and we will love and support the victims’ families during this terribly difficult time. We have a lot of people on our football team that are hurting right now and we’re going to do everything we can to help them get through this.

“We are relieved that Eric Mack, who was also a victim in this incident, is expected to make a full recovery. This is a very trying time for everyone involved, and I would just ask that you lift up the victims and their families in your prayers.”

The suspect in the shooting is still at large and is considered by police to be “armed and extremely dangerous.”

“It’s sickening that these young lives were cut short. As a society we’ve got to learn the value of life,” APD police chief Tommy Dawson stated during the press conference.

Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to those who were touched by this tragedy.  And we echo the chief’s thought that, one of these days, people learn the value of life.

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17 Responses to “Police: Auburn OL wounded, two ex-players killed in shooting”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Jun 10, 2012 2:44 PM

    Condolences to the family and friends and all the Auburn Tiger family for Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips as well as for Eric who was injured.

    My heart and prayers go forth for the family and friends, including the one who is fighting for his life at this moment. Coach Chizik and all the Tiger family are hurting and our prayers and thoughts are with he and all of them as Coach requested.

  2. Deb says: Jun 10, 2012 2:53 PM

    As bad as it sounded originally, these details are so much worse: three young men dead, a fourth critically wounded and fighting for his life, plus Mack and another wounded with injuries that weren’t life threatening. May God be with all their families, friends, coaches, teammates, and the Auburn family during this tragic time. Deepest condolences to all those mourning the deaths of loved ones.

  3. kozbee says: Jun 10, 2012 3:05 PM

    Desmonte Leonard.
    If you were the shooter just a couple facts maybe never crossed your mind when you did those killings.Capital punishment in Alabama/first execution was carried out in 1812 and and when your found guilty you will be just another number.To bad for you it was reinstated on March 25, 1976 for those like you that are willing to cause those pain and suffering.If they find you guilty may God rest your soul.

  4. 1990tiger says: Jun 10, 2012 3:51 PM

    “It’s sickening that these young lives were cut short. As a society we’ve got to learn the value of life,” APD police chief Tommy Dawson stated during the press conference.

    This statement says it all.

  5. bamasleeper13 says: Jun 10, 2012 6:35 PM

    This is so incredibly sad, my thoughts and prayers to all of the families and for the young lives cut so tragically short. Prayers to the Auburn nation.

  6. mcqphx says: Jun 10, 2012 6:36 PM

    The shooter should save everyone the trouble and finish the job he knows he should finish.

  7. florida727 says: Jun 10, 2012 8:08 PM

    #kozbee, was it made public that some guy named “Desmonte Leonard” was the shooter? If they’ve identified the guy, praise the Lord. Hope they can quickly apprehend the guy before he ruins someone else’s life.

    We all have rooting interests for our favorite college team, but today I think I’ll be an Auburn Tigers fan. Prayers and God’s blessing to the Auburn community.

  8. Deb says: Jun 10, 2012 8:22 PM

    @florida727 …

    Desmonte Leonard has been charged with three counts of capital murder and fled the scene with two others. U.S. Marshalls and FBI are assisting local police in the search.

    Yes, we all have rooting interests for our favorite team and should be able to forget them at times like this. Sadly, judging by the thumbs down you always see on posts offering prayers and condolences, several people don’t have the character to do that … or any character at all.

  9. Deb says: Jun 10, 2012 11:49 PM

    Beautiful video addition, JT.

  10. kozbee says: Jun 11, 2012 12:08 AM

    @ florida727
    Yes it was made public,Thanks Deb for posting at 727 cause i been away from my desk following up on a couple articles that i`ve heard are rumors on a couple other subjects.Thanks again.By the way that was an awesome song in the video.Vince Gill is a favorite of mine.

  11. florida727 says: Jun 11, 2012 6:27 AM

    Thanks to you both. I did read another article off of that identified that specific guy.

    Continued prayers for the Auburn family.

  12. polegojim says: Jun 11, 2012 10:44 AM

    @Deb – I agree – those who ‘thumbs down’ prayers and condolences believe that current human behavior has actually evolved to it’s current state.

    ‘Devolution’ is a more accurate description. More violence, more often with far less compassion and love.

    When science is one’s ‘religion’ – the faithful miss that science lacks both full evidence and hope, being full of conjecture.

    Thats why prayers and ‘real’ hope are so important.

  13. billobrienschindimple says: Jun 11, 2012 11:48 AM

    Thoughts go out to Auburn and it’s supporters.


    Are you seriously stating that science lacks full evidence while religion provides it. I don’t care what religion you practice, if that was your intent, that is one of the most laughable statements I have ever heard. And more violence has been done in the name of religion than one can imagine.

  14. Deb says: Jun 11, 2012 11:55 AM

    @polegojim …

    Unfortunately, I don’t buy that all thumbs down on these type posts come from unbelievers. Plenty of unbelievers are respectful of others offering prayers and condolences. And many professed Christians are so consumed by hatred they’ve deluded themselves into thinking God doesn’t know what they are or what they do in secret … if they ever truly cared.

  15. dickroy says: Jun 11, 2012 12:50 PM

    My prayers are are with the families, the university and everyone involved in this tragity.

  16. badintent says: Jun 11, 2012 5:30 PM

    Don’t bother to arrest this vermin, shot him on sight. If he gets arrested, some PR seeking group will milk his trial for their non- death penalty cause. And we all know who they are. Holder, left wing Christians and the George Clooney Hollywood mob. Besides , we don’t need another sequel to “The Green Mile.”

  17. polegojim says: Jun 11, 2012 6:27 PM

    @bill – don’t laugh yet… you totally missed it – and we agree on several points.

    My point: I don’t agree with disdain or disrespect from anyone over an idiology. It’s childish.

    I’m convinced that almost all religion does not represent God for the reason you mentioned… and many more disgusting atrocities.

    Scriptural accuracy is far different from ‘religion’.

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