Shooting at Alabama McDonald’s Leaves 1 Dead, 4 Wounded, Police Say
ALABAMA — September 10, 2018
The shooting apparently was not random, police said. According to the latest information, a man was killed and four others were seriously injured early Sunday during a shooting at a McDonald’s near Auburn University in Alabama.
Police got an anonymous call, went by on West Magnolia Ave. to check just before 2:30 a.m. At the scene, it was found a 20-year-old man dead from gunshot wounds, Auburn Police wrote in a news release.
"Officers confirmed shots were being fired and located several victims. A 20-year-old male from Tuskegee, Alabama, was discovered deceased, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Additionally, four other individuals were found to be injured from the gunfire. Three victims were transported to East Alabama Medical Center by ambulance with nonlife-threatening injuries," police said.
The victims were identified as a 21-year-old Auburn University student who was shot in the back a 16-year-old with serious head and leg injuries. and a 17-and 19-year-old who were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Authorities supported the police view they believe the incident was not a random shooting.
"Preliminarily, information has been obtained that an altercation occurred just prior to an exchange of gunfire that resulted in the injuries," police said.
Just before the shooting, students were celebrating the Auburn Tigers' football game win over the Alabama State Hornets.
Auburn University's emergency notification system wrote on its Twitter page that there's no indication of an active threat to the campus community. Officials urged everyone to report suspicious activity.
AU ALERT: Update - Police still investigating McDonald’s shooting. No indications of an active threat to the campus community. Stay vigilant; report suspicious activity. Visit https://t.co/xSddgZDTBs for more info.— AU ALERT (@AUALERT) September 9, 2018
The university initially said the suspect is still at large. It is not clear who might be a suspect, there were no witnesses to the incident except those who were injured. The investigation is ongoing.
The McDonald's parking lot and a section of West Magnolia Avenue from McDonald's to the Auburn University Zone A parking, located on the corner of West Magnolia Avenue and Toomer Street, is still taped off.