Black shooter kills three cops in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, By Chris Pleasance. The murderer:
The man who shot three police officers dead and injured three more in Baton Rouge has been named as Gavin Eugene Long, a black man from Kansas City who was ‘celebrating’ his 29th birthday … Long is a former Marine who was honorably discharged after achieving the rank of sergeant, before becoming a life coach…
- Montrell Jackson, 32, a new father and ten-year veteran of the force
- Matthew Gerald, 41, a former Marine who had joined the Baton Rouge police force a year ago … [and] a married father-of-two.
- A third sheriff’s deputy who was shot and killed has not yet been named, though his age was given as 45 and he was also married.
- The three injured police officers have also not been identified. A 41-year-old is in a critical condition in hospital, while two others – aged 51 and 41 – are stable.
[T]he shooting took place outside and possibly inside the B-Quik convenience store on Airline Highway. The suspect’s body was found next door, outside of a fitness center…
According to the Advocate, an officer made a report over a police radio at around 8.45am saying that a ‘lady who came up and said there was a suspect walking with a … and an assault rifle out here behind the store’. Two minutes later, another officer was heard shouting: ‘Shots fired, officer down, shots fired, officer down!’
Officers are continuing to hunt down two more suspects who were said to be ‘on the run’, but it looks increasingly likely that the gunman, who was dressed in black and carrying an assault rifle, acted alone. A robot was used to check the man’s body for explosives after he was shot dead outside a B-Quik convenience store…
Two hospitals are on lockdown, with armed police officers guarding all entrances.
President Obama … “I condemn, in the strongest sense of the word, the attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge. … ‘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. … 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. hese attacks are the work of cowards who speak for no one. They right no wrongs. They advance no causes.“
Donald Trump… “How many law enforcement and people have to die because of a lack of leadership in our country? We demand law and order.”
Hillary Clinton: “Today’s devastating assault on police officers in Baton Rouge is an assault on all of us. There is no justification for violence, for hate, for attacks on men and women who put their lives on the line every day in service of our families and communities.”
A Youtube account operated by Gavin Eugene Long … show that he was a former Nation of Islam member. He also ranted against “crackers” and made references to Alton Sterling, the black man killed by police in Baton Rouge on July 5.
Using the pseudonym “Cosmo Setepenra”, Long, 29, railed in a series of videos, photographs and online writings at perceived injustices against black people.
“You gotta fight back,” he urged viewers in a video recorded a week ago. Describing the fatal shooting of five police officers in Dallas, Texas, earlier this month as “justice”, Long urged black men to make sacrifices for their race.
In another online video appearing to pre-empt questions about his motivations, Long told viewers that “if anything happens to me”, he should not be viewed as affiliated with organized groups despite past membership of the Nation of Islam and others. “I’m affiliated with the spirit of justice,” he said. “Nothing else.” …
A recent posting had stated: “Violence is not THE answer (it is a answer), but at what point do you stand up so that you and your people dont become the Native Americans…EXTINCT?”
Two photographs posted on the page featured black children holding a piece of paper reading: “JUSTICE FOR ALL THE BLACK AMERICANS”. …
In a frequently incoherent rant, he compared the fighting of oppression by black people today to the efforts of American revolutionaries. … In another video, Long embarked on racially charged rants against white and Asian people, accusing “Arabs and Indians” of exploiting black Americans for money.