Auburn football player shot and killed near campus
Auburn Police spokesman Will Matthews said officers responding to a call about shots fired just after midnight found 18-year-old Jakell Mitchell suffering from a gunshot wound.
Mitchell succumbed to his injuries at the East Alabama Medical Center, Matthews told NBC News. He said police are investigating the incident and there is no suspect in custody.
Mike Clardy, a spokesman for the university, said "the thoughts and prayers of those at Auburn University go out to Jakell Mitchell's family during this difficult time."
Mitchell is listed on the Auburn Tiger's website as a freshman originally from Opelika, Ala. He was an offensive weapon at Opelika High School, according to the team's roster.
The high school tweeted condolences to Mitchell's family, and his former football coach, Brian Blackman wrote on Twitter: "The sadness I feel right now is overwhelming."
Mitchell was redshirted this football season, meaning he practiced with the team but didn't play in games, according to The Associated Press.