AUBURN, AL (WTVM) – The Auburn Police Department has released a description of a suspect they believe shot another man outside of the Auburn Mall on Tuesday evening.
The suspect is described as a 50 year old white male, standing at 6 feet tall, 180 pounds with curly grey hair. The suspect was described as wearing a denim button-down shirt and blue jeans. He was also seen driving a blue-colored van.
The suspect is alleged to have shot a 57-year-old Auburn man in the hip outside of Auburn Mall on May 26 around 6:01 p.m.
According to the victim, he entered his 1996 Dodge Ram, and was approached by the suspect who called him by name, entered the passenger's side door, and sat in the passenger's seat.
The suspect brandished a weapon and demanded for the victim to drive away from the parking lot. A struggle ensued as the victim attempted to retrieve his phone and exit his vehicle; the suspect fired a shot striking the victim in his hip.
The suspect exited the victim's vehicle, fled on foot and was seen by witnesses entering the passenger side of a blue van that left the parking lot traveling southbound on East University Drive.
The victim was transported by ground ambulance to the East Alabama Medical Center where he was treated for a gunshot wound to his right hip area and later released.
Auburn Police say the shooting is believed to be an isolated incident.
The Auburn Mall hopes this does not discourage residents from shopping at their newly renovated facility.
They released the following statement:
"The incident that occurred outside of the property was an isolated incident. We have onsite staff, security and a code of conduct in place to foster a safe and enjoyable shopping experience at the Auburn Mall. This was a random act and is being investigated and handled by the police." - Hull Property Group
The Auburn Police Division is seeking information that will assist with this investigation. Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is encouraged to call APD at (334)-501-3140. Information may be submitted anonymously at (334)-246-1391.