Multiple Gunshot Victims Near Auburn University

By: CBS News, Posted by Chelsey Moran
By: CBS News, Posted by Chelsey Moran

(AP) AUBURN, Ala. - The police chief in the Alabama city of Auburn said early Sunday in a report that authorities have responded to a report of multiple gunshot victims at an apartment complex, but he gave no information on the situation.

Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson told the Opelika-Auburn News that police responded to a report of multiple shooting victims Saturday night but he had no initial comment on the situation nor would he circumstances involved or whether anyone was in custody.

The newspaper reported that emergency vehicles had converged on the University Heights apartment complex where a number of students attending Auburn University reside.

An Auburn police dispatcher contacted by The Associated Press said early Sunday she had no immediate information to release. Police did not immediately return repeated messages seeking comment and the dispatcher later said she did not know when authorities would publicly release information.

John Atkinson, a spokesman for East Alabama Medical Center, told the newspaper in the report online early Sunday that any information would be released later in coordination with the local coroner's office and the Auburn police department.

Vasha Hunt, a photographer with the Opelika-Auburn News, was at the apartment complex and told AP by telephone early Sunday that authorities had erected a white tent there. But he said police kept numerous bystanders far back early Sunday while they investigated amid a falling rain.

Police were photographed conversing together behind a taped-off scene.

Hunt said many of those who initially gathered outside appeared to be residents waiting for permission to enter their apartments. Police also set up large lights around the scene and about a dozen police cars, ambulances and other emergency vehicles were photographed around the blocked-off entrance and some reports said those looking on appeared somber.


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