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Story highlights Gunman Gavin Long was a prolific user of social media who used the pseudonym Cosmo Setepenra One of slain officers had recently called for an end to hate in a Facebook post CNN A Missouri man ambushed and killed three law officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge on Sunday during a time when police nationwide and in the Louisiana city in particular have been on high alert after five officers were killed in a Dallas ambush July 7.
Louisiana State Police announced last week that they had received threats of plots against Baton Rouge police. On Sunday, a man identified as Gavin Long of Kansas City went on a shooting rampage on his 29th birthday that left two police officers and a sheriff's deputy dead, police sources said.
Long, who was African-American, was a former Marine who spent time in Iraq and was discharged at the rank of sergeant inaccording to the U. Police officers who responded to Sunday's shootings killed Long in a gunbattle after the other officers were ambushed, police sources told CNN.
Read More Police have not officially released the names of the victims but one was identified by family members as Officer Montrell Jackson. Law officers Matthew Gerald and Brad Garafola were also killed, according to sources close to the department. That was corroborated with social media posts.
Another wounded deputy and police officer have non-life-threatening wounds, law officers said. Jackson had posted on Facebook on July 8 how physically and emotionally drained he had been since protests had erupted in Baton Rouge after the July 5 killing of Alton Sterling by police.
In uniform I get nasty, hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat. These are trying times. Please don't let hate infect your heart. Under that name, Long also tweeted a link to a news story about Dallas shooter Micah Johnson and said the shooter was "one of us!
MY Religion is Justice.
Online, he used the name "Cosmo Setepenra," and posted on a YouTube channel of that name. The FBI is running down names of possible associates, another law enforcement official said. In YouTube videos posted July 8 and 10, reviewed by CNN, Long, using the name "Cosmo," spoke about the need for "fighting back" and what people should say about him "if anything happened to me.
Calls for end to violence Quinyetta McMillon, mother of Sterling's son Cameron, put out a statement through her lawyers condemning the ambush.
My family is heartbroken for the officers and their families. We reject violence of any kind directed at members of law enforcement or citizens. My hope is that one day soon we can come together and find solutions to the very important issues facing our nation rather than continuing to hurt one another.
ET in the city of aboutpeople, already tense after the high-profile police shooting of Sterling, an African-American man, on July 5. On Sunday, police received a call of a "suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle," a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.
When police arrived, the shooting began. At an afternoon news conference, local and state authorities, including Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, said Long was thought to be the lone gunman. Earlier reports had said authorities believed there might have been more than one attacker.
Edwards described the shooting as an "absolutely unspeakable heinous attack. In addition, Long followed several conspiracy groups devoted to government surveillance and monitoring. CNN found that an email address linked to Long showed he was a member of a support group in an organization called Freedom from Covert Harassment and Surveillance, whose mission is to help those "Marginalized and abused by An official said the belief is that Long identified as being associated with the black separatist movement in some capacity but there is no indication he was directed by it.
The law enforcement official said the FBI has no indication any black separatist or other domestic terrorist groups are supporting or sending people to kill cops. In the July 8 YouTube video, Long says he acted on his own and that he wasn't directed by any group.Mayor-President Broome announced that as a precautionary measure, East Baton Rouge Parish will deploy HESCO protection baskets this weekend along a small section of the downtown levee near North Street and River Road due to the rising river levels.
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