Lone shooter identified after 6 cops shot, 3 killed in Baton Rouge
Col. Mike Edmonson, Superintendent of Louisiana State Police asked for the public's prayers in a press conference Sunday afternoon, saying there was no longer an active shooter scenario in Baton Rouge.
Multiple reports identified the shooter as 29-year-old Gavin Long. ABC News reported that Long was a former Marine from Kansas City, Missouri. The shooting occurred on his 29th birthday.
University of Alabama released a statement Sunday confirming that Long had briefly attended the University of Alabama.
University spokesman Chris Bryant said Sunday evening that Long was a student for one semester in the spring of 2012.
Bryant says university police had no interaction with Long during that time.
Long died after a shootout with police. Six officers were shot, three killed.
"Each one of these individuals are married, have families" said Sheriff Sid Gautreaux.
The officers were identified as a 41-year-old with one year of service, 32-year-old with 10 years of service, and a 41-year-old with nine years of service.
"As law enforcement we are family, and we stand here together," said Sheriff Gautreaux.
"With God's help, we will get through this."
Gautreaux said the issue wasn't about gun control, instead saying it was about "what's in a man's heart."
"I would just ask for your prayers and support for your families."
Police do not believe any one else was involved besides the one suspect who was shot and killed.
One officer was "fighting for his life," and two others sustained non-life threatening injuries as a result of the gunfight.
The governor, John Bel Edwards, said the person who carried out the attack do not represent the "values we stand for."
"There simply is no place for more violence. That doesn't help anyone," he said.
He said the violence and hatred "has to stop."
Another press briefing was scheduled Monday afternoon to update the media on the investigation.