The suspected Auburn shooter, who killed three Auburn University students, has turned himself in at a Montgomery, Ala., federal courthouse.
After almost four days of vigorous search for Desmonte Leonard, the suspected Auburn shooter turned himself over to the authorities on Tuesday. The shooter killed three people on Saturday night. Two out of those three killed were former football players in the university's team. The shooting took place at the University Height, which is an apartment complex, where most of the students and athletes from the Auburn University live. The apartment complex is very near to the Auburn University and the incident has really shaken university students.
According to the details provided, Desmonte Leonard arrived at the U.S. federal courthouse just before 8 p.m. He simply walked through the doors and surrendered himself to U.S. Marshal Art Baylor, who was previously the Montgomery police chief. When the police saw him walking in and handing himself over, they arrested Leonard and now he is being held at the Montgomery County Jail. Leonard is being charged with three counts of capital murder.
According to reports, Desmonte Leonard is being represented by defense lawyer Susan James, who contacted the U.S. Marshals to discuss the terms of Leonard's surrender.
“I think he was just tired,” James said in an interview, according to msnbc.com. “He wanted somebody to tell him what to do. I wanted to make sure they could get him into custody without someone trying to take him out," she said.
On Saturday night, there was a party going on at the University Height Complex that all of a sudden a fight broke out. The fight was apparently over a woman and things quickly got out of hands. In that instance, Leonard took out a gun and fired six shots with three of them killing three people, while the other three injured three. He fled the scene after the shooting in a Chevrolet Caprice, which was later found abandoned.
Since Leonard fled, a search for him had been going on and on Monday, police raided a house in which they thought the suspect might be hiding. They used tear gas and thermal imaging to look for him, but he could not be found. The police initially heard the sound of coughing from inside the house, but eventually no one was found in the house.