UPDATE 5pm EST: President Obama speaks to nation at press conference.
– Says nothing justifies attacks on law enforcement.
The gunman has been named as Gavin Eugene Long from Kansas City, Missouri. His birthday was Sunday, July 17, according to public records. He was listed as a Dean’s List student at the University of Alabama in 2012, according to the school’s website. Public records show he has lived in Kansas City and Grandview, Missouri, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where the university is located.
NEW VIDEO: A lady standing outside the convenience store where the shootings took place went to Facebook LIVE to broadcast the events as they unfolded. She described the shooter as “a ninja” and “someone military.”
UPDATE 4pm: Baton Rouge Police hold press conference.
State Police provided the following information:
– State Police is leading the investigation.
– Large crime scene being covered.
– There is no active shooter in Baton Rouge.
– The person who shot and killed officers is the person who is dead on the scene.
– 8:40am CT a 9-1-1 call was made stating there was a man carrying a rifle outside convenience store.
– Police responded to location. Shooting started. 6 officers were shot. 3 officers are dead. 1 officer in critical condition. 2 other officers shot but are expected to live.
– Suspect was wearing all black. Man shot police using long rifle.
– Outside agencies local and federal are assisting in the investigation.
During the news conference, the Mayor of Baton Rouge praised President Obama for his assistance. Governor Edwards said that every resource will be available to bring any additional people involved to justice. He said he spoke with President Obama who offered his support and prayers.
UPDATE: 3:23pm: PRESIDENT OBAMA PUTS OUT A STATEMENT about BATON ROUGE.
“I condemn, in the strongest sense of the word, the attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge. For the second time in two weeks, police officers who put their lives on the line for ours every day were doing their job when they were killed in a cowardly and reprehensible assault. These are attacks on public servants, on the rule of law, and on civilized society, and they have to stop.
“I’ve offered my full support, and the full support of the federal government, to Governor Edwards, Mayor Holden, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Baton Rouge Police Department. And make no mistake – justice will be done.
“We may not yet know the motives for this attack, but I want to be clear: there is no justification for violence against law enforcement. None. These attacks are the work of cowards who speak for no one. They right no wrongs. They advance no causes. The officers in Baton Rouge; the officers in Dallas – they were our fellow Americans, part of our community, part of our country, with people who loved and needed them, and who need us now – all of us – to be at our best.
“Today, on the Lord’s day, all of us stand united in prayer with the people of Baton Rouge, with the police officers who’ve been wounded, and with the grieving families of the fallen. May God bless them all.”
UPDATE 3:15pm: NEW VIDEOS FROM THE BATON ROUGE SHOOTING THIS EVENING.
UPDATE: 12:50PM 1 GUNMAN SHOT DEAD, 2 GUNMEN REMAIN AT LARGE IN BATON ROUGE SHOOTING OF POLICE OFFICERS. 7 OFFICERS SHOT, 3 ARE DEAD. See video below of shooting.
UPDATE: 11:25AM TOTAL OF 7 POLICE OFFICERS SHOT, 3 ARE DEAD. ONE GUNMAN. REPORTS ARE UNCERTAIN ABOUT STATUS OF SHOOTER. (VIDEO OF SHOOTING BELOW)
UPDATE 11:15AM: Police are responding to a report of officers shot at a location on Airline Highway near Old Hammond Highway in Baton Rouge. “The scene seems to be contained right now,” said Sgt. Don Coppola, Baton Rouge Police Department. “We’re asking everyone to stay out of the area.”
Multiple agencies responded to the B Quick store on Airline Hwy shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday morning. Officials confirm that several Baton Rouge Police Officers were struck during gunfire. “I do not have the extent of the injuries,” Sgt. Coppola explained.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development reported Airline North and South is closed between Goodwood Boulevard and I-12.
VIDEO OF SHOOTING:
CNN REPORTING 11AM: Three police officers are feared dead after a shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish Kip Holden told CNN. “There is still an active scene. They are investigating. Right now we are trying to get our arms around everything. It’s just been one thing after another,” Holden said.
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