1 dead, 4 injured in shooting near Toomer’s Corner, one person in custody

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AUBURN, Ala. – A shooting near Auburn University early Sunday has left a 20-year-old man from Tuskegee dead and four others injured. One person has been taken into custody.

Auburn Police, with the help of U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, arrested and charged a 17-year-old male from Opelika with murder. The teenager was taken into custody at a residence in Auburn, according to authorities.  He was transported to the Lee County Jail with a $150,000 bond. Police reported the case remains under investigation and additional charges are possible.

Authorities identify the shooting victim as Evan Mikale Wilson. The Lee County Chief Coroner confirms Wilson was found dead at the scene after he sustained several gunshot wounds. Police say his death is being investigated as a homicide.

Officials say a 17-year-old male and 19-year-old female from Opelika along with a 21-year-old male Auburn University student from South Carolina were injured and taken to a hospital in Opelika with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old male from Opelika was also taken to a hospital in Columbus, Ga. with serious injuries.

Around three in the morning, officials instructed students, residents, and visitors to avoid the Toomer’s Corner area as they investigate the shooting.

Authorities say they responded to the shooting just before 3:00 a.m. Auburn Police were still on scene as of 6:30 a.m.

The incident took place at the McDonald’s restaurant at 224 West Magnolia Ave. The restaurant is less than a quarter-mile from the landmark intersection.

Auburn police say this isn’t thought to be a random shooting.

The messages were broadcast via Twitter from AU ALERT, the official emergency notification system for Auburn University.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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