Reports are coming in from Baton Rouge of a mass police shooting and only a mile from the police headquarters. Police responded to a call of a suspicious person walking near a shopping center armed with an assault rifle. The masked gunman did not start firing until the police arrived. Currently it is reported that at 7 officers have been shot and 3 are dead. Baton Rouge Police have successfully contained the area and East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux III said one gunman was shot dead, but that two other suspects may be at large.
Just a few days ago three teens were arrested for robbing a local baton rouge pawn shop , to steal guns so they could shoot officers. It is not clear if the two are related but police were still searching for a suspect from that crime. Read more here: Teens Arrested for robbery in Baton Rouge
“There is still an active scene. They are investigating,” Kip Holden, the mayor-president of East Baton Rouge, said Sunday morning. “Right now we are trying to get our arms around everything.”
This comes only weeks after the incident where a lone gunman killed 5 Dallas police officers. Baton Rouge has been in the news recently as well after the officer involved shooting of Alton Sterling and protest have been a common scene within the community.
“This is an unspeakable and unjustified attack on all of us at a time when we need unity and healing. Rest assured, every resource available to the State of Louisiana will be used to ensure the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a statement.
We will post updates as this evolves.. two hospitals are currently on lock down.