Mitchell, 18, was found after police responded to a shots fired call at 12:25 a.m. on Sunday at the Tiger Lodge apartment complex, Auburn Police Capt. Will Matthews told the AP. Mitchell was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The Auburn Police Department is currently searching for a suspect.
According to AL.com, the Lee County Coroner's Office said Mitchell arrived at the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. His death is being treated as a homicide and an autopsy will be performed.
Mitchell, who played H-Back and tight end, was redshirting this season and was expected to complete for a starting spot next year. The freshman was from Opelika, Alabama and attended Opelika High School.
Our thoughts & prayers go out to Jakell Mitchell's family, friends & teammates.— Auburn Football (@FootballAU) December 14, 2014
AL.com reports that the shooting took place at the same apartment complex where former Auburn players Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips were among three killed by Desmonte Leonard at a party in 2012. Leonard was convicted of capital murder, attempted murder and assault in October and will be sentenced next month.
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