AUBURN, Ala. (EETV)- Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes joins a growing list of community leaders condemning Sunday's fatal shooting on West Magnolia Avenue.
In a statement released through social media Monday Hughes wrote:
"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."
The shooting took the life of Tuskegee resident Evan Mikale Wilson and injured four others including an Auburn University student. Auburn Police and United States Marshals arrested a 17 year old Opelika resident late Sunday in connection to the shooting.
Auburn Police encourage anyone with information related to this case to call (334) 501-3140 or at the tip line, (334) 246-1391.