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Search Continues for Auburn Party Shooter

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email
The search continues for Desmonte Leonard, the man police say shot and killed three people and wounded three others at a party near Auburn University.
Two of the men  killed were former Auburn football players.

This undated photo provided by the Auburn Police Division shows Desmonte Leonard, 22, of Montgomery, Ala., the suspect wanted for fatally shooting three people, including two former Auburn University football players, and wounding another three people during a party at an apartment complex near the school, Sunday, June 10, 2012, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson said that current football player Eric Mack was among those wounded and was being treated at a hospital. The two slain former players were identified as Edward Christian and Ladarious Phillips. The other person killed was identified as Demario Pitts. (AP Photo/Auburn Police Division)

A six hour stand-off outside a house in Montgomery ended without an arrest early Tuesday morning.

"We will continue to search for Mr. Leonard until he is apprehended, we have not rested, we will not rest, we owe it to the victims of this horrible crime. That's why we are doing what we're doing that's why we are working so hard to make an apprehension in this case and why we're continuing to do it," said Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson.

Investigators say a woman who lives in the house called police after she saw Leonard sitting on her sofa.
However, the extensive search has drawn criticism.
Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange says given the circumstances, the police department's decision to use teargas and other equipment during the search of the home was the right one.

"That area had been identified as a possible location that suspect, a fugitive, might be in. Everybody can criticize or question why we took the action. But we've told you as much as we know about why we took that action," explained Strange.

While police continue their search, the mourning continues at Auburn University.

"Right now this is really a day by day process for the athletic department and like I said our heart and our prayers go out to those families," said Gene Chizik.

Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik says he's also working on providing counseling for his players.

The reward has increased to $30,000, for any information leading up to the arrest of Desmonte Leonard.


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