Former USF Standout and Auburn Running Back Brian Battie Reportedly Among Victims of Sarasota Shooting

Sarasota, Florida – Auburn running back Brian Battie, known for his standout performances at USF, is reported to be one of the victims in a tragic shooting incident that occurred early Saturday morning, confirmed by a spokesperson for Auburn University.

Reports from various media outlets indicate that Battie was among the individuals involved in a shooting that took place in the 3400 block of 17th Street around 3:30 a.m., according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

During the incident, Tommie Battie, 24, tragically lost his life. Tommie Battie is identified as Brian Battie’s brother. Sarasota officials have refrained from disclosing the names of other victims due to Florida’s Marsy’s Law statute, but it has been confirmed that four additional individuals were transported to the hospital. As of now, there has been no update on their conditions.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and actively seeking more information,” stated a spokesperson from Auburn University when approached for comments regarding the shooting.

The Sarasota Sheriff’s Office revealed that deputies were dispatched to the Tallywood Centre Plaza at approximately 3:30 a.m. on the fateful Saturday morning, where Tommie Battie was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Authorities have not disclosed any details about the shooter or a possible motive behind the shooting, as investigations are currently ongoing to uncover more information.

Battie, a graduate of Sarasota High School, made a mark in his football career at USF, where in 2021, he led the nation with three kickoff returns for touchdowns and equaled an NCAA single-game record with two 100-yard returns in a single game. His exceptional performance earned him the distinction as one of the Bulls’ few 1,000-yard rushers in 2022 before he entered the NCAA transfer portal in January 2023.