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Auburn Shooting: 2 Former Players Dead, Desmonte Leonard Charged With Murders

Six people, including three football players, were shot Saturday, June 9 following a fight at an apartment complex near Auburn University. Former players Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips were killed. Current player Eric Mack was hospitalized but released.

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Desmonte Leonard Now In Court For 3 Murder Charges

Auburn shooting suspect Desmonte Leonard appears in court Thursday, facing three counts of capital murder for the Saturday night deaths of Ed Christian, Ladarious Phillips and Demario Pitts. The former two are former Auburn football players. A current Tigers player, Eric Mack, was injured in the shooting, but was released from the hospital shortly after. Leonard also has three assault charges to contend with.

The AP lays out what awaits Leonard on Thursday:

The hearing Thursday is expected to be brief, with a judge explaining the charges against him. Because he is charged with capital murder, bond is not expected to be set.

After the hearing, he'll be transported back to Lee County, the site of the original incident.

Leonard turned himself in late Tuesday after an extensive manhunt that led police to Montgomery, where they tear-gassed a house that Leonard was apparently not actually in.

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Auburn Shooting Suspect Desmonte Leonard Surrenders To Police

Police have been on a manhunt for Desmonte Leonard, who is suspected as the shooter who killed two former Auburn football players late Saturday night. The police previously had arrested two suspects, but now had Leonard in custody after he surrendered to authorities on Tuesday evening, the Associated Press confirmed.

Attorney Susan James says in a phone interview that Desmonte Leonard was taken into custody on Tuesday. Her comments confirm an earlier report by a law enforcement official who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Police were nearly able to capture Leonard on Monday, but wound up raiding the wrong house and Leonard was not there.

Leonard is facing three capital murder charges for the shooting death of 20-year-old Demario Pitts, 20-year-old Ladarious Phillips and 20-year-old Ed Christian. Leonard is also thought to have shot and wounded 20-year-old John Robertson, 20-year-old Eric Mack, and 19-year-old Xavier Moss.

The Auburn police department will hold a press conference at 9:15 p.m. CDT. You can watch the press conference live on WFSA Channel 12's website.

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Auburn Shooting: Police Raided Wrong House, FBI Admits

The manhunt for Desmonte Leonard, the man police suspect of killing three and wounding three in a Saturday night shooting, continues, with a Monday night siege of a Montgomery home turning up no arrests. Police fired tear gas into the residence, claiming at one point that thermal imaging turned up evidence of someone hiding in the attic. But early Tuesday morning, officers left the scene.

Now, via Reuters, the story:

The location "turned out not to be correct," FBI spokesman Douglas Astralaga said.

This, of course, has been disputed by local authorities:

Police earlier said that they had information taken from two 911 calls that placed Leonard at the home. Officers have now turned some of their attention to those reports themselves, promising to "vigorously pursue" anyone who offers false information.

They've said since early in the week that Leonard's believed to be in Montgomery, with two arrested "persons of interest" also hailing from the town. Officers have also said they'll pay to repair damage incurred during the raid, which sounds quite substantial.

Two former Tigers football players, Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips, died in the shooting, and a current player, Eric Mack, was wounded but released.

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Auburn Shooting Suspect Pursued, But Attic Apparently Not His Location

Though police have arrested two persons of interest in the Auburn shooting investigation, they've yet to nab prime suspect Desmonte Leonard. He's suspected by law enforcement to be responsible for the Saturday night deaths of Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips.

Police believed they'd tracked Leonard to Montgomery, Ala., with both of the arrested parties so far also residing in Montgomery. Monday evening, they held a lengthy standoff with the apparent occupants of one residence, but were unable to turn up any sure signs of Leonard:

Law enforcement swarmed the scene Monday afternoon and spent hours firing tear gas, using thermal imaging and sending tactical teams on forays inside the house as they searched for Desmonte Leonard. They hadn't brought anyone out of the home by the time they held a briefing just after midnight.

And around 2:25 a.m. Tuesday, an Associated Press photographer on the scene saw all law enforcement agents that had been there leave without comment. It wasn't immediately clear why they left. There was no activity around the house.

Police had been told by two separate 911 callers that Leonard was in the house, and he's thought to be still near the area. Officers have previously described him as armed and dangerous, but request the public's assistance in bringing him to justice. The FBI and U.S. Marshals have offered a combined $15,000 reward for information that leads to his arrest.

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2 Auburn Shooting 'Persons Of Interest' Arrested. Desmonte Leonard At Large

One day after Auburn police announced Desmonte Leonard as the prime suspect in the Saturday night shooting that claimed the lives of two former Tigers football players and wounded another, two arrests have already been made. Jeremy Thomas, 18, and Gabriel Thomas, 41, were both charged with hindering prosecution. Both are from Montgomery, but it's unclear whether they're related, according to police.

According to Auburn Undercover's report, Auburn police chief Tommy Dawson says Leonard is believed to also be in the Montgomery area. Police have previously described him as armed and dangerous, but request the public's assistance in bringing him to justice. The FBI and U.S. Marshals have offered a combined $15,000 reward for information that leads to his arrest.

Stay tuned here for more on the Auburn incident as police track Leonard and a community seeks to rebuild.

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Survivor Eric Mack On Auburn Shooting: 'My Daughter Was On My Mind'

Auburn Tigers offensive lineman Eric Mack was fortunate enough to survive a Saturday night shooting that claimed the lives of two former teammates, Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips. He was released from the hospital late Sunday.

Now Mack has given an exclusive interview with the Times and Democrat, his hometown paper. In one of several amazing quotes, Mack says he was so busy trying to help others he didn't realize he'd been shot:

"I just wanted to make sure everybody was safe," Mack told the T&D. "I wasn't even worried about myself. When I first found out I got shot, I didn't even really realize it. I was still walking around checking on my teammates making sure they were all right."

Mack also tells the T&D he feels a "responsibility" to achieve for the families of his fallen teammates and that thoughts of his four-year-old daughter motivated him to make it through. During his brief time in the hospital, Mack heard from Alshon Jeffery and several other local stars.

The sophomore exited spring ball as a starter for Auburn at guard this year.

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Auburn Shooting: Eric Mack Released From Hospital

Auburn Tigers football player Eric Mack, who suffered a gunshot wound at the pool party shooting that saw three people, including two former Auburn players, lose their lives Saturday night, has been released from the hospital, according to al.com, which has had phenomenal coverage of the developing story.

Mack, an offensive lineman, was admitted to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries Saturday night, and stayed until Sunday evening recovering from the wound, reportedly suffered in the hip area. Mack, a sophomore, redshirted his freshman year. He was rated the No. 2 offensive guard in the country by ESPN coming out of high school.

Two other victims, John Robertson and Xavier Moss, were hospitalized. Moss was released earlier Sunday while Robertson has been described as "fighting for his life," according to police officials. Police have identified a prime suspect, Desmonte Leonard, and have offered a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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Auburn Shooting: Ed Christian, Ladarious Phillips Confirmed Dead By Police

Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson confirmed the tragic deaths of three young men who were shot late Saturday night at an apartment complex near Auburn University. Former Auburn football player Ed Christian was dead on the scene when police arrived. Two others died from their wounds shortly after arriving at the hospital, identified by police as Demario A. Pitts and another former Auburn football player, Ladarious Phillips.

Three other individuals were wounded in the shooting. An individual identified as John Robertson is in critical condition and "fighting for his life" at UAB Hospital. Eric Mack, a current Auburn football player, is at East Alabama Medical Center and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Xavier Moss was treated and released.

The shooting suspect has been identified as Desmonte Leonard and police are currently in an active manhunt for the "armed and dangerous" man. Dawson indicated there are two other persons of interest, but would not identify them publicly. Three warrants were signed charging Leonard with capital murder and federal U.S. Marshals are assisting the local authorities in the pursuit.

Dawson did say that the police had a motive but would not go into details. He also stressed that there was no specific connection to the Auburn football team that provoked the altercation, saying the three individuals who were murdered were not targeted but simply victims of a "fight that got out of hand." Via Evan Woodberry:

Dawson provided a recent photo of Leonard:

The University also issued a brief statement addressing the tragedy:

"We're deeply saddened about last night's tragic events that impacted the Auburn community and the Auburn family. Our heart-felt condolences go out to the victims and their families. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. We're in constant contact with area authorities and will continue to assist in any way possible. Our attention is now focused on providing care and support to those touched by this tragedy."

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