*UPDATE: A manhunt is under way for the alleged gunman. Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson said he signed three warrants charging Desmonte Leonard, 22, with capital murder. He warned that Leonard should be considered “armed and extremely dangerous.”
Dawson said he hopes to make an arrest today. Leonard was last seen on foot, and police believe he is still in Montgomery County.
(AUBURN, Alabama) — 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.
University Heights Apartments was on lockdown from sometime between 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday through 1:20 a.m. Sunday, according to ABC affiliate WBMA-TV in Birmingham.
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.
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