Baton Rouge Shooting Suspect Identified
More terrible news out of Baton Rouge…
The man who fatally shot three Baton Rouge police officers and injured three other officers early Sunday morning, has been identified at 29-year-old Gavin Eugene Long of Kansas City, Missouri.
Via CBS News:
The suspect has been identified as a black male named Gavin Eugene Long of Kansas City, Missouri, sources tell CBS News. He was born on July 17, 1987.
According to a military source, Long left the Marines in 2010 with an honorable discharge. His final Marine rank was E-5 (sergeant).
One suspect was killed and two others might still be at large, Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, previously said. However, Louisiana state police said Sunday afternoon there is “no active shooter” in Baton Rouge.
The Baton Rouge Advocate reported that two other men were picked up across the Mississippi River in Addis and were being questioned by police as “persons of interest.”
Three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers were killed and three others wounded Sunday, less than two weeks after a black man was shot and killed by police here in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests across the city that reverberated nationwide.
President Obama Condemns Attacks On Law Enforcement
President Barack Obama made a statement on today’s shooting in Baton Rouge saying, “We as a nation have to be loud and clear that nothing justifies violence against law enforcement. Attacks on police are an attack on all of us and the rule of law that makes society possible.”
Locals Dispute Shooting Was Attack On Police
Many locals are disputing reports that claim today’s Baton Rouge shooting was an attack on police. Some eye witnesses claim the suspect was in a shootout with another man when police arrived.
— Traytothe (@TraytotheB) July 17, 2016
I extend my thoughts and prayers to the families of the officers.