Auburn Football Player Shot Dead

Jakell Mitchell killed in early morning apartment shooting
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2014 7:09 AM CST
Auburn Football Player Shot Dead
Auburn Police investigate a shooting early Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. Jakell Mitchell, 18, a current Auburn University football player, was killed by gunshot.   (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser/Albert Cesare)

Alabama police are seeking a suspect in the shooting death of Auburn University freshman football player Jakell Mitchell, who was shot early today at the Tiger Lodge apartment complex, reports After police responded at 12:25am to the shooting, Mitchell was taken to the emergency room, where he died shortly after. The death of the 18-year-old tight end, who was a local high school star, is being treated as a homicide. "The thoughts and prayers of all of us at Auburn University are with his family during this difficult time," an Auburn spokesman tells CNN. Mitchell was shot at the same off-campus apartment complex where three men—including two former Auburn players—were shot and killed in 2012. (More Auburn University stories.)

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