Date
27 July 2017
Law enforcement officers gather in front of the B-Quick convenience store where police were shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday. Photo: Reuters
Law enforcement officers gather in front of the B-Quick convenience store where police were shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

Gunman kills 3 police officers, injures another 3 in Louisiana

A gunman killed three police officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge, the capital of the US state of Louisiana, on Sunday, in what was described as an ambush-style attack on the officers.

The suspect, dressed in black and armed with a rifle, was shot to death minutes later in a gunfight with police, Reuters reported.

A police spokesman said in a press conference that the gunman was believed to have acted alone.

Authorities did not name the suspect, but a source told Reuters that the gunman has been identified as Gavin Long, of Kansas City, Missouri.

Investigators have reason to believe an emergency-911 call may have been used to lure police into harm’s way, the source was quoted as saying.

According to some reports, the suspect was a black man aged 29.

The attack came nearly two weeks after the fatal police shooting of a black man in the city sparked nationwide protests, one of which led to the massacre of five Dallas policemen.

President Barack Obama condemned the attack, vowed that justice would be done and called on Americans to focus on rhetoric and actions that united the country rather than divided it.

“We as a nation have to be loud and clear that nothing justifies violence on law enforcement,” Obama said in televised remarks from the White House.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards called the shootings an “unspeakable, heinous attack” that served no purpose.

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