Man suspected in Auburn shooting turns himself in to authorities

The man accused of killing three people and injuring three others near at a party near Auburn University has turned himself in.

The victims include two former Auburn Tiger football players, Ladrious Phillips and Ed Christian, and current Auburn lineman Eric Mack was among the injured. 

After the incident, which occurred Saturday at a party in an apartment complex near the school, the police began a manhunt over the weekend that included a search of a Montgomery, Alabama home after the authorities received phone calls that he may be hiding in the house. Despite great efforts, including the use of tear gas to weed him out of the house, the search proved to be futile as the suspect was never found.

Late this evening, however, the suspect Desmonte Leonard turned himself into authorities.

Montgomery attorney, Susan James, arranged for Leonard to turn himself in at a Montgomery courthouse around 7:50 p.m. on Tuesday night after his family alerted her that they were in need of her help, though she has not yet been retained by the family.

James claims, “When the full story is told, it may sound different than the perception now.”

The 22-year-old Leonard is charged with three counts of capital murder after he allegedly opened fire at the party when a fight broke out over a girl.

Two other men have also been charged with misleading the authorities in their search for Leonard.

Along with the rest of the community, Auburn’s head-coach, Gene Chizik, says his team just wants answers.

“I’ve got a team of 120-some-odd players right now that are really just trying to navigate what is a lot of questions that aren’t answered. We’re trying to do that as a coaching staff and I think the entire Auburn community is trying to do the same thing.”

Hopefully, their questions will soon be answered, and justice will be served for the three victims and their families.