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Report: current/ex-Auburn players victims in off-campus shooting

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While details are very sketchy at this point in time, it appears that the Auburn football program has been hit by tragedy following an off-campus shooting very late Saturday night.

According to various reports, three people were killed and two were critically wounded at a party at an apartment complex.  The Auburn Plainsman reported that one of the dead is a current member of the football team and another is a former player — we’re not naming them here until official word comes down — based on tweets from various members of the football program.

The Auburn Police Department is expected to conduct a press conference at noon ET today.

The Plainsman wrote that the shooting stemmed from an “altercation possibly ignited because of a dispute about a girl.”

No arrests have been made, or at least been announced by the police department.

UPDATED 10:52 a.m. ET: The Associated Press offered up the following eyewitness account to the shooting.

Turquorius Vines, 23, said he was at the pool party Saturday evening at the University Heights apartments with one of his friends. He said he and his friend were approached by two other men who started arguing with them over a woman.

Vines said he punched one of the men, while his friend hit both of the men over the head with a bottle. Either one or both of the two men then started shooting, he said. He said his friend was shot and killed, while two others also were hit by gunfire. Vines said he had never before seen the men who he had been arguing with.

Additionally, the Birmingham News is reporting that two ex-Auburn football players are dead and one current player was wounded in the shooting.  Given the conflicting reports, we’ll again hold off naming specific names until official word comes down from the university and/or the police, the latter of which is expected to hold a press conference at noon.

UPDATED 12:24 p.m. ET: The Auburn Police Department press conference is now scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

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29 Responses to “Report: current/ex-Auburn players victims in off-campus shooting”
  1. kozbee says: Jun 10, 2012 9:59 AM

    Sad for the Tigers,guys play with footballs and girls and leave the guns alone..Guns Drugs and partys don`t mix.

  2. kozbee says: Jun 10, 2012 10:10 AM

    There was a reason why I didn’t put the names in the post, and it’s the same reason I’m taking them out of your comment.

    The Management

  3. kozbee says: Jun 10, 2012 10:25 AM

    I understand..

  4. deadeye says: Jun 10, 2012 10:44 AM

    Terrible tragedy. Hopefully some good can somehow come of this.

  5. polegojim says: Jun 10, 2012 12:33 PM

    Very sad… but “I punched one of the guys and my friend hit them both with a bottle… then they started shooting” Doesn’t sound irreprehensible.

    Maybe they saw it coming and took their best shots first. Been there, done that.

    Even more sadly, more and more, the college party scene proves to be a good place to get in bad trouble.

    Keep it private and keep it small. Open invitation is an invitation for bad things

  6. alan3008 says: Jun 10, 2012 12:43 PM

    Culture of violence.
    Now two are dead.
    Was it worth it for some woman?
    I think not.

    Don’t take a bottle to a gunfight.

  7. ningenito78 says: Jun 10, 2012 1:01 PM

    Polegojim- great story bro! You just knockin people out left and right you bada$$. But in all seriousness what a tragedy. Prayers to the victims and their families.

  8. Deb says: Jun 10, 2012 1:27 PM

    Not saying people shouldn’t be able to own guns–but what’s to be gained by taking them to a party? Now two young men are dead, and the shooters will spend their lives in prison. Over what? If they hadn’t brought the guns into it, we might be talking about a broken nose or a black eye. What a sad, sad waste.

    Deepest condolences to the Auburn family.

  9. fnc111 says: Jun 10, 2012 1:55 PM

    Players should go to ASU. Great pool parties and no shootings.

  10. fnc111 says: Jun 10, 2012 2:00 PM

    I’m surprised the writer didn’t spell Auburn like this, 4uburn. He puts numbers in for the school he hates though.

  11. kozbee says: Jun 10, 2012 2:21 PM

  12. rob0527 says: Jun 10, 2012 2:23 PM

    Why bring a gun to a party? Do u fear for your safety that much?
    Here r the ingredients to a deadly cocktail
    1 1 part alcohol
    2. 1 part gun
    3. 1 part woman
    Mix all 3 ingredients together and have deadly cocktail.

  13. raider2124 says: Jun 10, 2012 2:30 PM

    With a first name of turquorvious why am I not suprised there was a shooting at a party.

  14. burntorangehorn says: Jun 10, 2012 2:30 PM

    Goddamn primitive knucke-dragging troglodytes. Fighting over a woman? A woman who can’t decide for herself, or who’ll have anything to do with guys who won let her decide, isn’t worth the time of day, let alone fighting or dying. This is tragic, and the shootings were obviously vastly disproportionate to the argument, but that’s what drunken thugs do. Don’t fight over anything that isn’t a threat to your security, kids. My heart hurts for the victims and their loved ones, because there’s no reason this needed to happen.

  15. burntorangehorn says: Jun 10, 2012 2:31 PM

    *won’t let her decide

  16. lucky5934 says: Jun 10, 2012 4:52 PM

    Hey John,

    I respect your stance on the names. ESPN has released the names, in case you wanted to release them on here as well. Thank you for your respect and coverage over this senseless tragedy.

  17. tuckfexas says: Jun 10, 2012 5:34 PM

    I just can’t imagine this happening in Abalama.

  18. John Taylor says: Jun 10, 2012 6:08 PM

    @tuckfexas: seriously, you took the time to type that? What a sad, miserable “human being” you must be.

  19. TxGrown says: Jun 10, 2012 6:27 PM

    John Taylor says:
    Jun 10, 2012 6:08 PM
    @tuckfexas: seriously, you took the time to type that? What a sad, miserable “human being” you must be.
    More like “human waste”.

  20. mcqphx says: Jun 10, 2012 6:50 PM

    Fnc111…so true!

  21. tuckfexas says: Jun 11, 2012 12:33 AM

    Keep whining, it’s nothing but TNB.

  22. raider2124 says: Jun 11, 2012 8:29 AM

    Tuckfexas you took the words right out of my mouth

  23. dkhhuey says: Jun 11, 2012 9:21 AM

    Man – I am at a loss for words on this one! I am glad I do not go to college at this point in time given this ridiculous urge to bring and produce handguns. In my entire four years at OSU I don’t remember even one fight breaking out! There were a few arguments now and then but calmer heads always seemed to prevail. Just plain sad!!!

  24. alligatorsnapper says: Jun 11, 2012 10:09 AM

    dkhhuey: Ditto. It is so so sad. This one has really shocked me and the LSU community here. Some have suggested it may be certain cultures or communities which resort to handguns, but I don’t know, it may be the society in which we now live. I don’t remember a single fight either at LSU when I was there where oftentimes alcohol flows like water. A shoving match until calmer heads prevailed, and I think a yelling match until sober people intervened, but no fight.

    SouthernPatriots’ have long time friends in Auburn. They report that Auburn is in shock. Coach Saban has spoken with all affected, and also with all his staff and all the players. He has visited the loved ones of those who were killed and those injured. He has gathered the team around the staff and is providing counsel for all, as the university has many licensed counselors and grief counselors who are active.

    Just feel shock and sadness. As Coach Saban requested, I am praying for the families and friends, and for the one who is fighting for his life.

  25. Deb says: Jun 11, 2012 11:58 AM

    @alligatorsnapper …

    I believe you mean Coach Chizik

  26. Deb says: Jun 11, 2012 12:26 PM

    All our prayers and good thoughts should be with the victims, their families, and the Auburn family. It’s a crying shame some people can’t put aside petty hatreds and rivalries to focus on loving their neighbor at a time like this. But if more people understood that concept, things like this wouldn’t happen.

    Deepest condolences to those grieving their loved ones, prayers for the injured, and Godspeed to the law enforcement officials searching for Desmonte Leonard.

  27. alligatorsnapper says: Jun 12, 2012 12:59 AM

    Yep, typo, due to thinking about the statement made by Saban in complete support and offering any assistance he could give to the Auburn Tiger family, etc. Meant Chizik in my prior posting.

    Mean Saban in this one. Really classy expressions and sentiments offered by Saban. Understand that Miles has been in touch with Chizik as well, and I am sure other coaches are following suit as soon as they are able to get through the clogged phone lines. Even cell lines are clogged. The sports talk out of New Orleans is reporting at this late hour that law enforcement in Montgomery may have the last alledged murderer surrounded.

  28. imforbigblue says: Jun 12, 2012 9:26 AM

    This is what you get when you play gangsta sorry I know it’s sad but hard to feel sorry for these types of ppl

  29. Deb says: Jun 12, 2012 1:27 PM

    @alligatorsnapper …

    I hadn’t heard about Coach Saban’s comments. Thanks for sharing that. It’s all so senseless. I lost a cousin in similar circumstances several years ago. Some guy no one knew shows up at a party with a gun, an argument breaks out, and this guy opens fire. What a heartbreaking waste. So horrible for the parents.

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