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Auburn RB Brian Battie Injured in Sarasota Shooting, Brother Killed

Alabama – (WDNews) Auburn running back Brian Battie is among the victims of a shooting in Sarasota, Florida, early Saturday morning, confirmed an Auburn spokesperson. The incident occurred in the 3400 block of 17th Street at around 3:30 a.m., according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

Tragically, Tommie Battie, 24, Brian Battie’s brother, was killed in the shooting, Sarasota Director of Community Affairs Evan Keats reported. Four other individuals were also injured and transported to the hospital, though their conditions remain unknown.

Deputies responded to the scene at Tallywood Centre Plaza at 3:30 a.m., where Tommie Battie was pronounced dead. Authorities have yet to release information on the shooter or a potential motive, as the investigation continues.

No further details have been disclosed, with officials citing Florida’s Marsy’s Law, which protects victims’ identities.