19 July 2016

Baton Rouge Shooter Identified

Latest report identified the gunman in a Baton Rouge, Louisiana shooting that killed three cops as Gavin Long. He is a 29-year old a former Marine from Kansas City, Missouri. Further check by law enforcement revealed that Long was discharged in August 2010 after five years of service.

Aside from the three dead officers, three others were injured after all of them responded to a 911 call of a man in all black walking around with a rifle last 17 July, officials said. The shooting happened around 8:45 A.M. in the Old Hammond area - less than a mile from police headquarters.

Long also died at the scene, Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson said. He added that there is no active shooter scenario but the investigation is ongoing.

A Youtube account operated by Long and discovered by The Daily Caller (see below) reveals key insight into what might have motivated the black man to kill Baton Rouge police officers Sunday morning.

Videos on Long’s account show that he was a former Nation of Islam member. He also railed against "crackers" and made references to Alton Sterling, the black man killed by police in Baton Rouge on 5 July.

Other information about Long shows that the Kansas City native, who CBS reported was honorably discharged from the Marines in 2010, went by the name Cosmo Ausar Setepenra.

In one video filmed from Houston and posted to Long’s Youtube account on 12 July, Long discusses being in the Marines and reaching the rank of E-5.

One of the Baton Rouge police officers killed in the shooting was 41 years old with just under one year of service, police said. The other was 32 years old with 10 years of service. The third officer killed today, an East Baton Rouge Parish deputy, was 45 years old.