Three people have been reported killed and at least two others injured following a shooting at an off-campus housing complex at Auburn University in what is believed to have been a fight over a girl.
Little is known about the details of the shooting, but reports have emerged saying that among the victims were two former Auburn football players who were shot after a fistfight erupted.
Turquorius Vines, 23, said he was at the party Saturday evening at the University Heights apartments with one of his friends.
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Victims: Former Auburn football players Ed Christian, left, and LaDarius Phillips, right, were killed in the shooting in a tragedy that has shocked the university
Loss: Turquorius Vines, 23, who claims he attended the party where the shooting occurred, killing one of his friends in an apartment complex, stands outside the crime scene
Shots fired: The shooting took place at University Heights, an off-campus housing complex for Auburn University
He said he and his friend were approached by two other men who started arguing with them over a woman.
Vines said he punched one of the men, while his friend hit both of the men over the head with a bottle.
Either one or both of the two men then started shooting, he said.
Among the dead were former Auburn football players Ed Christian and LaDarius Phillips. Current player Eric Mack was shot, but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
On Sunday, Mack tweeted: 'I appreciate all the love and prayers for me and my two lost homies. May god be with their families. #Auburn'.
Vines said he had never before seen the men who he had been arguing with.
In mourning: People emerging from the apartment complex were inconsolable as they emerged on Sunday morning
Police and detectives gather outside the property where three people are believed to have been killed and two seriously injured
'It's like I lost a lung,' Vines said of his friend. 'I don't know how I'm going to survive this.' Several emergency vehicles had converged overnight around the University Heights apartment complex where reports indicated a number of students who attend Auburn University typically reside.
The building was swathed in yellow police tape.
It appeared that the shooting happened in an archway near the apartment complex information center, near the edge of the parking lot.
Crime scene: A police officer stands guard at the scene of an overnight shooting at the University Heights apartment complex
Five uniformed officers guarded the area, which was sealed off with crime scene tape, and a handful of crime scene investigators were at work.
After daybreak Sunday, several uniformed officers stood near a disaster relief trailer parked at the building's entrance, which appeared to be a sort of command center.
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