Nov 25, 2023; Auburn, Alabama, USA;  Auburn Tigers running back Brian Battie (21) returns a kick during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Arrest made in shooting of Auburn RB Brian Battie

Police arrested a man in Sarasota, Fla., on Wednesday and charged him with murder in the shooting that killed Auburn running back Brian Battie’s brother.

Battie and three other men were injured in the shooting, and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office now has Darryl Bernard Brookins in custody as a suspect. Battie’s brother, Tommy Battie IV, was pronounced dead at the scene at around 3:30 a.m. local time Saturday.

Brookins’ charges include murder and attempted murder as a felon in possession of a firearm. ESPN reported that it is unknown whether or not Brookins has an attorney yet.

Brian Battie’s condition is currently unclear, but in a social media post on X on Monday, Auburn coach Hugh Freeze said that the running back was “still on a ventilator” after experiencing a setback on Sunday night.

After three seasons at South Florida, Brian Battie joined the Tigers for the 2023 campaign and rushed for 227 yards and a touchdown on 51 carries. He also ranked fourth in the Southeastern Conference in kick return average (23.0 yards).

In his three seasons with the Bulls, Brian Battie rushed for 1,842 yards and 10 TDs in 31 games from 2020-22. He was a first-team All-America as a kick returner in 2021.

Two women stating to be the godmothers of Brian Battie and his brother organized a GoFundMe to support the Battie family, and it had brought in over $96,000 thanks to 878 donations as of Wednesday evening.

–Field Level Media

Nov 25, 2023; Auburn, Alabama, USA;  Auburn Tigers running back Brian Battie (21) returns a kick during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn RB Brian Battie critical after shooting; brother killed

Auburn kick returner and running back Brian Battie remains in critical condition after a shooting early Saturday morning in Florida that claimed the life of his brother, Tommie Battie IV.

Tigers head coach Hugh Freeze said Monday that Brian Battie had a “setback” Sunday night and that he remains on a ventilator.

The shooting occurred in Sarasota. Police said there were multiple shooting victims when they arrived at a plaza. Tommie Battie IV was pronounced dead at the scene. Four others were transported to area hospitals.

Brian Battie averaged 23.0 yards on 28 kickoff returns in 2023, his first season at Auburn. He was also fourth on the team in rushing yards (227), scoring a touchdown. He played his first three seasons at South Florida, rushing for 1,185 yards during the 2022 season.

–Field Level Media

Nov 25, 2023; Auburn, Alabama, USA;  Auburn Tigers running back Brian Battie (21) returns a kick during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn RB Brian Battie in critical condition after shooting

Auburn running back Brian Battie is in critical condition following a shooting in Sarasota, Florida, multiple outlets reported.

An Auburn spokesperson confirmed the news to AL.com.

Multiple people were victims of a shooting that occurred in Sarasota early Saturday morning. Local police confirmed that Battie’s 24-year-old brother, Tommie, was killed in the shooting, with several others taken to the hospital.

Brian Battie was Auburn’s primary kick returner last year, totaling 645 return yards to lead the team. He also ran for 227 yards on 51 carries (4.5 yards per carry) with seven catches for 52 yards.

His career began at South Florida, where, in addition to returning kicks,, Battie became South Florida’s primary offensive weapon in 2022, rushing for 1,185 yards and eight touchdowns.

–Field Level Media