AUBURN, Ala. (WRBL) – Auburn police are sitting on ready, waiting to charge two men who were injured in Friday night’s shooting in the Auburn Mall parking lot. The Lee Co. District Attorney tells News 3, the men will be arrested when they are released from a Columbus hospital. Meanwhile, News 3 spoke exclusively to two moms who helped one injured man in the parking lot.
Friday night, Katie Dawson and Latonya Darby were near the Auburn mall enjoying a night with their families, when they saw a man on the ground in the parking lot.
“I pulled my car in front of him, and I asked him if he was okay, he said no, he had been shot. So I got a blanket from out of my trunk and put it under his head, and I told him to relax. I also dialed his mom on my cell phone, so he could talk to her, explained Darby.
Katie Dawson was heading to a nearby restaurant to eat dinner with her family when she saw the man laying on the ground, outside the Belk Department Store.
“Someone gave me a belt, so I applied pressure to his leg, and then I grabbed one of my daughter’s shirts, and we pressed it on his side to keep him from bleeding out,” explained Dawson.
Police say the two men injured in Friday’s shooting are also their suspects. 23-year-old Deion Brooks of Maryland and 21-year-old Michael Trimble of Montgomery. Trimble has been arrested before by Auburn police.
Police won’t comment on why Brooks and Trimble met up in the mall parking lot. Investigators will only say the two men got into an argument and it escalated into gunfire and a shootout. Both men were injured. One suspect fell in the parking lot, and another ran into the Belk and collapsed. The department store was placed on lockdown, and Auburn police worked to figure out exactly what had happened. Both men were injured in the shooting and flown to a Columbus hospital.
Lee County District Attorney, Brandon Hughes understands the shooting panicked many in Auburn. He’s relieved innocent bystanders weren’t injured.
“We want all of Lee County to know as well as for those who would do harm or who would act this way; this is not something we are going to put up with, not in this office, not in the city of Opelika and Auburn. We are going to charge them with the highest possible charge we can attach to them, and they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent we have under the law,” said Hughes.
As of late Monday afternoon charges still had not been filed. WRBL will keep you updated.