Update no. 2: Here's what we now know, according to reports: Suspected shooter Gavin Long served five years in the Marine Corps as a data network specialist; was from Kansas City, Missouri; praised the shooter who killed Dallas police earlier this month; and in social media posts urged violence as a means to confront the spate of black men dying at the hands of police, though he also acknowledged he was a part of no group or organization.
Update: Gavin Long has been identified as the shooter, and authorities confirmed the 29-year-old man died in a shootout with police. Officials have declared the scene to no longer be "active" and an investigation is underway. President Barack Obama condemned the deadly shooting, saying in remarks (watch his full statement below): "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."
Six police officers were shot in Baton Rouge on Sunday morning (July 17) in what is being described by local authorities as an ambush. Details continue to emerge, however, it has been confirmed by multiple reportsthat three police officers are dead and three others are injured; two are in stable condition and one is in critical condition. As of press time, law enforcement officials continue to investigate the incident.
Earlier this month, demonstrators protested against police in the area after a Baton Rouge man, Alton Sterling, was shot and killed by an officer in front of a Triple S Food Mart. Days later, the death of a second victim of a police shooting, Philando Castile, was streamed over the internet by his girlfriend using Facebook Live, and featured the 32-year-old, a licensed gun holder, bleeding out as the police officer and the owner of the cell phone argued over whether Castile was reaching for a gun or his identification. Castile's death occurred in Minnesota and left many angry, confused and emotional in the wake of the two shootings that reminded the country of the deaths of Tamir Rice and Michael Brown, among others.
Multiple demonstrations took place across the country and at one protest in Dallas, a rogue gunman fired on police and left multiple officers dead, sparking a response from President Barack Obama, Beyoncé and more.
Stay tuned for more information as updates become available.
REVOLT spoke to Mark Hughes after the Dallas police shooting; Hughes was mistakenly identified by police as the suspect until he was later cleared.