Auburn running back wounded in deadly Florida shooting: reports

Auburn Tigers running back Brian Battie was wounded in a shooting in Florida on Saturday that left at least one other person dead, according to multiple reports.

Battie was in critical condition after the shooting in Sarasota, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported. Battie’s brother, Tommie Battie IV, 24, was the other victim. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Auburn University didn’t immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said it was investigating the deadly incident. Officials said deputies responded to reports of a shooting at around 3:30 a.m. ET.

The responding deputies “observed a large crowd with multiple shooting victims in the parking lot,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release. Four additional victims were transported to hospitals in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

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Officials said the shooting appeared to be an isolated incident. It wasn’t revealed what sparked the violence.

Brian Battie started his collegiate career at South Florida in 2020. He immediately worked his way up to becoming a starter by the 2022 season. He ran for 1,185 yards and eight touchdowns.

He was named an All-American in 2021 as a return specialist.

He transferred to Auburn after the 2022 season. With the Tigers, he ran for 227 yards and a touchdown.

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