Police identify gunman in Baton Rouge shooting as Gavin Long

Baton Rouge Police arrive at the scene on Airline Highway after police were shot in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 17, 2016. At least three officers are confirmed dead and at least three others wounded after the shooting, a sheriff's office spokeswoman said Sunday. One suspect is dead and law enforcement officials believe two others are still at large, the spokeswoman said. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) —

5:15 p.m.

Law enforcement converges on Kansas City, Missouri, house listed for Gavin Long after Baton Rouge police shooting.

4:22 p.m.

A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation into the shooting deaths of three Baton Rouge police officers says the shooter has been identified as Gavin Long.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation.

The official did not have any other details on Long.

-By Eric Tucker reporting from Washington

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4:20 p.m.

President Barack Obama is calling on Americans to lower avoid “overheated” rhetoric and focus on unifying words following the fatal shooting of three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Obama is delivering a statement about the shooting from the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. He says as of now, the killer’s motive is unclear. He says officials don’t know whether the killer was targeting police or killed them down as they responded to a call.

Obama is noting that the shooting and other recent incidents in Texas and elsewhere come just before the Republican and Democratic conventions are set to begin. He says that’s a time when rhetoric tends to get hotter than usual. Obama says the U.S. doesn’t need “careless accusations” intended to score points but should instead try to “temper our words.”

He says attacks like the one in Baton Rouge are happening far too often and constitute an attack on the rule of law.

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4:55 p.m.

A spokesman for the Louisiana state police says they believe the gunman who killed three officers in Baton Rouge was the only shooter but that officials are unsure whether he had accomplices.

Major Doug Cain said Sunday, “we are not ready to say he acted alone.”

Cain says two people had been detained in another town called Addis, which is near Baton Rouge, and called them “persons of interests.”

 

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