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Lee County DA releases statement on Auburn shooting that killed 1, injured 4

Lee County DA releases statement on Auburn shooting that killed 1, injured 4
Updated: Sep. 10, 2018 at 6:13 PM EDT
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Jarvis Nichols, 17, from Opelika has been arrested and charged with murder. (Source: APD)
Jarvis Nichols, 17, from Opelika has been arrested and charged with murder. (Source: APD)

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - The Lee County district attorney has released a statement after a man was killed, and four others were injured in a shooting Sunday along the 200 block of West Magnolia Avenue.

The deceased victim was identified as 20-year-old Evan Mikale Wilson of Tuskegee.

Jarvis Nichols, 17, from Opelika has been arrested and charged with murder.

District Attorney Brandon Hughes has released the following statement:

The events of early Sunday morning in downtown Auburn have me concerned and infuriated both as a father of two Auburn students and as the District Attorney. The fact that we had armed teenagers running the streets at 2:30 in the morning who clearly had no compunction whatsoever about pulling a gun, pointing a gun, and firing a gun is unacceptable. This reckless behavior put countless innocent citizens at risk who were simply enjoying an Auburn football game and the great things that accompany that experience.

Believe this: I will do everything in my power to assure the perpetrator of these crimes is punished appropriately and will do so in a way that sends a strong message. The message that our community is not where you want to come and turn our streets into a shooting gallery—regardless of your age. The police will find you, my office will prosecute you, and you will go to prison.

If you are a parent of a teenager, please use this as a teaching moment for why they do not need to be out running the streets at that time of the morning. If the parents won't handle it on the front end, the police, the District Attorney's Office, and the justice system stand ready to handle it on the back end. We continue to pray for all persons involved and ask that anyone with information about this case please contact the Auburn Police Division or the Lee County District Attorney's Office.

Auburn police say officers originally responded to the scene to break up a large crowd but found several victims suffering from gunshot wounds upon arrival.

Two of the victims were treated for their injuries and have been released from the hospital. A 16-year-old is being treated for serious injuries and another victim is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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