UPDATE 6:32 P.M. ET: According to reports from CNN, the shooter has been identified as 29-year-old Gavin Long. It is unclear still if police are looking for a second and/or third shooter, as they had previously believed there to be on Sunday morning.
Also, President Barack Obama condemned the murders on Sunday, speaking from the White House:
“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.”
He had previously called the attacks a “cowardly and reprehensible assault.”
This is horrifying — and these things are happening way too often.
At least seven police officers have been shot, and at least three of those are dead, after a man opened fire on the cops in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday morning, according to reports.
Police received a call this morning of a “suspicious person” walking down a Baton Rouge road with an “assault rifle,” and when officers arrived on the scene, the man apparently opened fire.
The officers who haven’t been killed — apparently, that’s four wounded — are all in critical condition in the hospital, according to sources.
Kip Holden, the mayor of East Baton Rouge Parish, said on Sunday that the scene was still very much active, telling reporters:
“The count is three officers dead possibly. There is still an active scene. They are investigating. Right now we are trying to get our arms around everything. Everything is moving fast and I have not been able to verify everything.”
Holden did note that the shooter appeared to be down, as well.
RIP to those lost today in another senseless, shocking act of violence.
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