WKRG Mobile Police say an argument over college football led an Alabama fan to shoot an Auburn fan outside a motel in Mobile on Monday. In an update sent to News 5, police say the two men were arguing outside the Extenda Suites Mobile location on the I-65 Service Road South around 7:23pm. The argument was over which team was better in the Iron Bowl rivalry, Alabama or Auburn. The argument escalated, with the Alabama fan pulling out a firearm and shooting the Auburn fan in the thigh. The Alabama fan fled on foot, and as of Wednesday afternoon, is still on the loose. The victim’s condition is still unknown at this time. Alabama and Auburn are ten days away from the 2017 Iron Bowl, with both teams competing for a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Alabama versus Auburn is one of the most heated rivalries in college football every season, but with both teams competing for a spot in the College Football Playoff this season and each fan base feeling that their team is superior, tensions in the state of Alabama are running extremely high. This is proven by the fact that the first fight between Auburn fans and Alabama fans happened ten days before the Iron Bowl, when a Tigers fan and a Crimson Tide Fan were arguing over the outcome of the rivalry game outside of a Mobile hotel, when the Alabama fan pulled out a gun and shot the Auburn fan in the thigh. The condition of the Auburn fan is still unknown, and Alabama fan is still on the loose, but odds are he will be watching the 2017 Iron Bowl from behind bars.
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