Gavin Long: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Kno

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Gavin Long: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Published 4:43 pm EDT, July 17, 2016 Updated 4:47 pm EDT, July 17, 2016 Comment By  

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Baton Rouge Chief of Police Carl Dabadie speaks during a press conference at the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness on July 10, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Getty)

Baton Rouge Chief of Police Carl Dabadie speaks during a press conference at the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness on July 10, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Getty)

Gavin Eugene Long has been identified as the gunman who opened fire on police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, killing at three officers and wounding three others, MSNBC reports.

Long, who is from Kansas City, Missouri, was killed at the scene of the shooting, police said. He turned 29 on Sunday, according to public records.

Few details are known about the gunman so far and this story will be updated as more information is made available. Here’s what we know so far about him and the shooting:


1. The Gunman, Wearing Black With His Face Covered, Began Shooting ‘Indiscriminately’ as Officers Responded

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Scene at Hammond Aire Shopping Center. Cops galore, helicopter buzzing above.

8:21 AM - 17 Jul 2016

 

The gunman, wearing black and with his face covered, began firing “indiscriminately” Sunday morning near Hammond Aire Plaza, WBRZ reports. He was also wearing body armor, police said.

The shooting was first reported about 8:40 a.m., according to police radio transmissions. The audio below, of the first 45 minutes of the incident, is courtesy of Broadcastify.com:

 

An officer said a woman reported a man walking with an assault rifle in the area of the B-Quik gas station on Airline Highway. The woman told the officer the man was wearing a coat and walking behind the store, according to the scanner audio.

Seconds later, an officer yells “Shots fired, officer down! Shots fired, officer down!”

Police said the shooter was not in sight. He was killed within minutes of officers arriving at the scene.

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2. Police Do Not Believe There Are Any Other Suspects

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Airline highway is closed as far south as I-12. Police are in tactical gear under the overpass

8:19 AM - 17 Jul 2016

 

Police believe the gunman who shot and killed the officers was killed at the scene during the gun fight. State Police Colonel Mike Edmondson said there is no active shooter situation ongoing.

But police asked anyone with information or anyone who sees something suspicious to contact them.

Airline Highway has been closed in both directions between Goodwood Boulevard and Interstate 12, WAFB-TV reports.

Police said the situation is “contained,” but are asking for people to avoid the area, WAFB-TV reports.

 

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State Police SWAT now on scene

7:54 AM - 17 Jul 2016

 

Video from the scene shows a heavy police presence, with SWAT officers and other law enforcement flooding the area after the shooting.

Officers could be seen carrying rifles as helicopters circled above the scene.

East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn told The Advocate the scene is still active, despite the situation being contained.

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3. The Governor Called the Shooting an ‘Unspeakable & Unjustified Attack’

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 on the shooting of law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge today:

9:06 AM - 17 Jul 2016

 

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards called the attack an “unspeakable and unjustified attack.”

Mayor-President Kip Holden called the shooting an “ambush” and asked for prayers for the wounded officers.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown shared a message of support on Twitter.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with Baton Rouge Police. @BRPD

9:30 AM - 17 Jul 2016

 

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4. The Shooting Comes After Several Days of Protests Over the Fatal Police Shooting of Alton Sterling

Baton Rouge police rush the crowd of protesters and start making arrest on July 9, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Getty)

Baton Rouge police rush the crowd of protesters and start making arrest on July 9, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Getty)

The shooting comes after several days of protests over the death of Alton Sterling, who was fatally shot by police on July 5. Video of the shooting recorded by a witness was shared on social media.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

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5. Police Arrested Multiple People They Say Had Been Plotting to Kill Officers in Baton Rouge Last Week

Baton Rouge Chief of Police Carl Dabadie speaks during a press conference at the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness on July 10, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Getty)

Baton Rouge Chief of Police Carl Dabadie speaks during a press conference at the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness on July 10, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Getty)

Baton Rouge Police announced last week that they had arrested multiple people involved in a burglary of a pawn shop tied to a threat against police officers, The Advocate reports.

Four burglars broke into a pawn shop and stole eight handguns. One suspect told police they were looking for bullets to kill officers, police said.

Police arrested four people, including a 12-year-old boy, in the case.

Just days before those arrests were announced, a gunman, Micah Xavier Johnson, opened fire on police in Dallas, Texas, killing five police officers and wounding nine others, along with two civilians. Johnson was killed during a standoff with police. He told negotiators he was upset about recent police shootings and was targeting officers.

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