UPDATED: Six police officers were shot and three are feared dead after a shooting in Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday.
A suspicious person on the Airline Highway prompted a call to police early Sunday. The man opened fire when police arrived, at around 9 a.m. The situation was contained by noon.
One shooter, identified as 29-year-old Gavin Long, died at the scene. Authorities previously believed that two other suspects may have been at large, but have since confirmed that there are no other suspects in the city. One surviving officer is in critical condition.
Earlier reports said the seven officers were shot, but Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola later said that three officers were injured and three are dead. The shooting victims are from both the Baton Rouge Police Department and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.
“There is still an active scene. They are investigating,” Holden told CNN. “Right now we are trying to get our arms around everything.” No motive has yet been reported.
“This is an unspeakable and unjustified attack on all of us at a time when we need unity and healing,” said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.
President Barack Obama condemned the attack in a forceful statement on Sunday afternoon, and vowed that “justice will be done.” He is expected to speak on the shooting later on Sunday.
“I condemn, in the strongest sense of the word, the attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge,” reads the statement. “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 civilized society, and they have to stop.”
“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. None,” the statement goes on. “These attacks are the work of cowards who speak for no one. They right no wrongs. They advance no causes. The officers in Baton Rouge; the officers in Dallas – they were our fellow Americans, part of our community, part of our country, with people who loved and needed them, and who need us now – all of us – to be at our best.”
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton also issued a statement on the shooting: “Today’s devastating assault on police officers in Baton Rouge is an assault on all of us. There is no justification for violence, for hate, for attacks on men and women who put theirs lives on the line every day in service of our families and communities.
We must not turn out backs on each other. We must not be indifferent to each other. We must all stand together to reject violence and strengthen our communities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of the police officers who were killed and injured today.”
The police situation in the area has been charged in recent weeks, after Baton Rouge police officers fatally shot Alton Sterling outside of a convenience store earlier this month. Cell phone footage captured the incident, igniting controversy and launching a civil rights investigation by the Justice Department.
Five police officers were recently killed by a sniper in Dallas, and protests over the deaths of Sterling, Philando Castile and other African-Americans killed by police have raged across the country.