Monday, July 18th, 2016

Ex-US marine kills 3 US policemen at Baton Rouge, Obama condemns shooting

Narada Desk | July 18, 2016 8:21 am Print
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards also condemned the shooting, saying, in a statement, that shooting was "an unspeakable and unjustified attack on all of us at a time when we need unity and healing"

Three police officers were killed, and several others were injured on Sunday in a shooting incident in Baton Rouge, the capital city of the US state of Louisiana.

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, CNN quoted police sources as saying.

Long, was a former Marine who spent time in Iraq and was discharged at the rank of sergeant in 2010, according to the US military.

Police officers who responded to Sunday’s shootings killed Long in a gunbattle after the other officers were ambushed, the police sources told CNN.

The injured police officers, who are with the Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, have been rushed to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center for treatment, Xinhua news agency quoted Kip Holden, mayor of Baton Rouge as saying.

He did not say how many officers were wounded and how was their condition, according to the local English daily The Times-Picayune.

US President Barack Obama strongly condemned the attack on police in Baton Rouge that killed three police officers and wounded three others.

“I condemn, in the strongest sense of the word, the attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge. For the second time in two weeks, police officers who put their lives on the line for ours every day were doing their job when they were killed in a cowardly and reprehensible assault. These are attacks on public servants, on the rule of law, and on civilised society, and they have to stop,” Xinhua news agency quoted Obama as saying in a statement.

“We may not yet know the motives for this attack, but I want to be clear: There is no justification for violence against law enforcement,” added Obama.

This is the second serious shooting incident that killed police officers in the country in less than two weeks after a gunman killed five police officers and hurt seven others in Dallas, a city in the US state of Texas.