Auburn University Football Player Among 3 Dead in Pool Party Shooting

Kyle 2012/06/10 17:14:31

PHOTO: Auburn Police cordon off the scene at University Heights apartment complex on West Longleaf Drive, early Sunday, June 10, 2012, in Auburn, Alabama.

Auburn Police cordon off the scene at
University Heights apartment complex on West Longleaf Drive, early
Sunday, June 10, 2012, in Auburn, Alabama. (AP Photo/Opelika-Auburn News, Vasha Hunt)

Three people are reportedly dead after someone pulled a gun and began
shooting during a pool party brawl over a woman in an Alabama apartment
complex near Auburn University.

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, Jemecia Phillips, told ABC News her son died last
night, but said she didn't know what happened at the party leading to
his death.

Phillips, a 20-year-old fullback, had planned to transfer to Jackson
State University, Jemecia said, adding that she was proud of him.

"He was always helpful," she said.

Birmingham station WTVM reports it confirmed three people are dead, and two more were injured in the shooting.

Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson told the Opelika-Auburn News
that officers responded to the complex for multiple gunshot victims,
but declined to comment further. The publication reported that the
coroner -- not the hospital spokesperson -- will be releasing
information about the victims.

The coroner was unavailable for comment when ABC News called.

University Heights Apartments was on lockdown from sometime between
10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday through 1:20 a.m. today, according to
ABC affiliate WBMA-TV in Birmingham.

Turquorius Vines, 23, told The Associated Press he was at the pool party when he and his friends began arguing over a woman with two men they'd never seen before.

Vines punched one of the strangers and his friend hit them over the head
with a bottle. That was when the strangers -- either one or both of
them -- began shooting.

His friend died at the scene, he said.

No one answered when ABC News called Vines' phone number, but he told the AP that losing his friend was like losing a lung.

"I don't know how I'm going to survive this," he said.

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  • Bill 2012/06/11 12:50:17
    Well, Jesse and Al will be catching a flight to Auburn to see if a Caucasian was the instigator in this. It's because of racism that this all happened. It was racism that caused the shooting of 49 black people in Chicago. That Zimmerman sure does get around, doesn't he?

    If I were black, I would rather take my chances going through Zimmerman's neighborhood than to an Auburn pool party. Or Chicago. The odds are 49 to 1 that I would be shot in Chicago and 6 to 1 in Auburn.

    Weekend of violence claims 10 shooting victims across Chicago
    At least 10 people were killed, including a 6-year-old girl, in shootings over the weekend in Chicago.
    The slain were among at least 49 people wounded in shootings from 5 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday, according to information compiled by the Chicago Tribune.
  • beach bum 2012/06/11 00:12:04
    beach bum
  • betz 2012/06/10 17:56:32
    Good God when will it all end. How tragic. It's my guess the ol' alcohol was flowing.
  • swivelhead 2012/06/10 17:36:22
    gives new meaning to shooting pool...
  • Vision of Verve 2012/06/10 17:17:10
  • Bill Vision ... 2012/06/11 13:48:27
    Sorry, no refunds.

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