Where Is Desmonte Leonard? Manhunt For Auburn Shooting Suspect Enters Second Day

 @CareyDrew2 on June 11 2012 11:44 AM

Police have begun the second day of a manhunt targeting Desmonte Leonard -- the alleged killer responsible for a shooting near Auburn University that left three people dead and three others injured.

The subject of a multiagency manhunt, Leonard, 22, faces three charges of capital murder in the shooting that took place on the evening of Saturday, June 10, at an off-campus Auburn, Alabama, apartment complex, police said.

Authorities received a call reporting the shooting at the University Heights apartment's clubhouse where Leonard allegedly killed three people including two former Auburn University football players.

CNN is reporting that officers arrived on the scene and found Edward Christian, 20, dead at the scene, while former player, Ladarious Phillips, 20, and Auburn resident, Demario Pitts, 20, died later at a hospital.

Auburn sophomore offensive lineman Eric Mack, 20, of Cameron, South Carolina, was also taken to East Alabama Medical Center in the nearby town of Opelika, before being treated for a gunshot wound, a hospital spokesman told CNN.

Xavier Moss, 19, was also treated and released at the Opelika hospital, while a third man, John Robertson, 20, was transferred to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, where he was in critical condition and undergoing surgery Sunday, after having been shot in the head, according to police.

Reports indicated that Leonard and two other men fled the scene in a white Chevrolet Caprice. Police later found the car abandoned in an adjacent county and are  seek the men believed to have bolted with Leonard.

The identities of the two men have not been released, and Police Chief Tommy Dawson told reporters that it would probably be in their best interest to come forward.

Leonard, of Montgomery, Ala., reportedly has previous arrests for gun offenses, but was never prosecuted, according to several news outlets.

Court records obtained by CNN reveal that Leonard was charged in 2008 with theft and carrying a pistol without a permit, and was also charged in 2009 with second-degree assault for allegedly shooting a 16-year-old in the groin.

While the cases were never prosecuted, the Montgomery Advertiser reported that prosecutors did not pursue charges against Leonard in the shooting after the victim said Leonard was not the one who shot him.

Leonard is also apparently involved in two child support cases, including one that had been filed on June 9, just one day before the shooting, according to The Birmingham News.

The suit claims, among other things, that Leonard is the father of a baby girl born in 2011. According to the newspaper, a court ruled in January that Leonard was the father of a 4-year-old girl by another woman. He was ordered to pay $305 in child support, $21 of which was to go toward about $7,300 in back child support he owed, the News said.

At a press conference on Sunday, police chief Dawson told reporters that even though authorities have a motive in the recent Auburn shooting, he would not release it, saying that it would be more useful for the court, later on.

Details that were revealed include a theory that gunfire erupted during a fight a party. Several media outlets cited unidentified witnesses as saying the altercation was over a woman.

The Opelika-Auburn News reported Monday that a $15,000 reward -- $10,000 from the FBI and $5,000 from the U.S. Marshals -- was offered for information leading to Leonard's arrest and conviction.

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