Time: 6:00 p.m. CEST Update: 11:59 p.m. CEST
CBS News has learned the deceased suspect in the Sunday’s shooting in Baton Rouge, where three police officers died, attacked the police on his 29th birthday. His name is Gavin Eugene Long of Kansas City, Missouri and he was born on July 17, 1987. Long left the Marines in 2010 with an honorable discharge. As CBS News reports, Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office confirmed one suspect was killed and two other might still be at large.
Later, Louisiana state police said on 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,’” CBS News reports.
Police robot deployed at the scene of shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where latest information says three police officers are dead, three police officers are injured, one suspect is dead, and police is looking for potential two other suspects, as CBS News affiliate WAFB in Baton Rouge says. Hospitals in the area are on the lockdown out of safety precautions.
One person is detained, but it is not clear if he is related to the situation. Witnesses said they heard at least 10-12 shots, but it is not clear who opened the fire. Whether that was police toward suspect,or it was the ambush for the police officers who responded to a call. Police are asking help of the public.
The death of three police officers and injuring others happened less than one miles from the police headquarters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at about 9:00 a.m. local time. In the latest shootings at the Airline Highway, one suspect is dead, while police is still looking for a potential other two suspects involved in Sunday’s shooting.
Baton Rouge in Louisiana could not heal after the incident and death of Alton Sterling, who was shot by a police officer of the Baton Rouge Police Department earlier this month. On Sunday, the news about three dead police officers broke as the official of the Baton Rouge said a man with a gun opened fire on police officers, probably down Airline Highway.
The gunman injured at least seven others, who are in critical conditions. Police received a call the man with a gun is walking down Airline Highway. Police did not give exact details what happened, who opened the fire first and what are possible motivation for the shooting. Police did not release information what is the race either for the suspect, or for the officers killed or injured.
Three police officers were shot dead in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, local official says to CNN. As the reports say, a lone gunman dressed in black started fire with an assault rifle. Police “contained” the area, but it was not clear if any suspect is arrested.
In the recent weeks, a video appeared in which police officers shot a black man, Alton Sterling in front of the convenience store in Baton Rouge. It was not clear immediately if the Sunday’s shooting is related to the earlier incident.
President Barack Obama was briefed on the situation in Baton Rouge at the White House and he offered full federal support to the local authorities in Baton Rouge. Obama condemned the shooting and send the clear message against the violence toward law-enforcement officers. “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,” Obama says in a statement published at the White House website.
Later, Obama address the shootings from the statement at the White House live streamed on internet. Obama called on unity and overcoming the divisions in the country, amplified by the around the clock news cycle and social media. The President said,”the motive for the shooting is not known, but, regardless of the motive, the death of these three officers underscores the danger of police across the country confronting every day.” Obama again said that as a nation, “We have to be loud and clear nothing justify the violence.”