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‘Multiple’ people shot at Auburn University apartment complex; victims said to include football players

Shots fired after fight at pool party; local reports say between 1 and 3 dead

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Auburn Police cordon off the scene at University Heights apartment complex on West Longleaf Drive, early Sunday, June 10, 2012, in Auburn, Alabama. Auburn's Police Chief Tommy Dawson  says several people have been shot at an apartment complex in the city, but he had no immediate details to release.  (AP Photo/Opelika-Auburn News, Vasha Hunt)

Auburn Police cordon off the scene at University Heights apartment complex on West Longleaf Drive, early Sunday. Auburn police said several people were shot at the complex.

At least one person appears to have been killed and several others wounded in a shooting at an apartment complex in Alabama that houses several members of Auburn University’s football team, according to local reports.

There were conflicting reports about the number of dead.

Local television station WSFA reported that one person had been killed, while WTVM television said three people died and two were in the hospital.

Details were still murky early Sunday, but WFSA said the shooting happened between 10 and 11 p.m. on Saturday night at the University Heights apartments, a complex near campus where many of the school’s athletes live.

Witnesses said the shooting stemmed from a fight at the complex’s pool.

“It went from us chilling with females to a massacre…for no reason,” one person told the station.

Police would only confirm that “multiple” people were shot, and that they were still searching for a suspect.

Turquorius Vines, 23, told The Associated Press that he was at the pool party when the fight started.

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Many of Auburn’s athletes live at the University Heights apartments. Two former football players and one current player were said to have been among those shot.

Vines said he and a friend got in an argument with two men he didn’t know over a woman.

Vines said he punched one man, while his friend attacked them with a bottle.

One or both of the men started shooting, and his friend was shot and killed, Vines said.

“It’s like I lost a lung,” Vines told the AP, describing his friend’s death. “I don’t know how I’m going to survive this.”

Vines said two others were also shot.

Campus newspaper The Auburn Plainsman reported that two former Auburn football players and one current Auburn player were among those shot.

Citing social media chatter among students, the newspaper named the three and said two were dead and one was wounded, but it was unable to confirm those reports.

At least 10 police and rescue vehicles were still at the scene on Sunday morning and the complex had been cordoned off by police tape, WSFA reported.

Some residents who showed ID were let back into their apartments, according to local media.

Neither Auburn police nor the universities have officially commented on the shooting.

Police were due to hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Sunday, according to WTVM.

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