Two arrested, accused gunman at large in Auburn shooting

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Auburn, Ala., police chief Tommy Dawson said Monday that two arrests were made for hindering prosecution as more than 50 officers continue to search the Montgomery area for accused gunman Desmonte Leonard.

Leonard is the prime suspect in a shooting at University Heights apartments in Auburn that killed three, including former Tigers football players Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips, and wounded three others.

Police arrested Gabriel Thomas, 41, on a charge of providing false information to investigators and 18-year-old Jeremy Thomas. Thomas was at the party, according to police, and was considered a person of interest.

The third fatality was not associated with the Auburn football team but was killed at the pool party, according to Dawson. Two of the victims who survived, including Auburn offensive lineman Erick Mack, were released from the hospital. John Robertson remains in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

Three capital murder charges have been filed against Leonard, who is an Auburn native believed to be in the Montgomery area.
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