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'Cowardly and reprehensible': 3 Baton Rouge officers killed, suspected shooter ID'd

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Suspected shooter identified

The man suspected of fatally shooting three law enforcement officers and wounding three more in Baton Rouge Sunday was a former Marine.

Gavin Long, from Kansas City, turned 29 years old the day of the shooting, the Associated Press says.

According to CNN, Long served in Iraq and was discharged in 2010 as a sergeant.

NBC News looked into his digital presence, including a website called Convos with Cosmos – in which he describes himself as "an avid student of nutrition, health, fitness, personal transformation and spiritual mastery," since he was 16. He also calls himself a
freedom strategist."

On Sunday morning, he tweeted this:

https://twitter.com/ConvosWithCosmo/status/754544382829731841

Update 5:30 p.m.

President Barack Obama issued a statement regarding the Baton Rouge attack:

"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," he said.

"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," he continued.

As of a few hours ago, one of the injured officers was still "in extremely critical condition" as well as "fighting for his life" Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said, according to the Los Angeles Times .

Update 3:30 p.m.

There are currently no active shooters in Baton Rouge said Col. Mike Edmonson of the Louisiana State Police, at a press conference on Sunday afternoon. 

Police say they shot and killed the suspect at the scene. They also used a robot to check for explosives near the body, reported USA Today. The person was wearing all black and a mask, according to CNN.

Previous reports stated that two additional suspects were believed to be at large.

Protestors have left the spot where Alton Sterling was killed in Baton Rouge earlier this month, according to reports.

https://twitter.com/awold10/status/754766588889268224

Early afternoon

Several police officers were shot with three confirmed dead.

https://twitter.com/MKhan47/status/754769493033967616

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office announced on Sunday morning that three law enforcement officers are dead and three others injured following gunfire on Airline Highway shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday.

https://www.facebook.com/ebrsheriff/posts/1031530750293185

CBS-affiliate WAFB reports that law enforcement agencies responded to the B Quick Store where several Baton Rouge police officers were struck during a shootout.

KTLA in Louisiana reports the shooting comes just days after three people were arrested over an alleged plot to kill police officers.

https://twitter.com/LouisianaGov/status/754708841460137984

The situation in Baton Rouge has been tense since police shot and killed Alton Sterling as he was selling CDs outside a store on July 6.

The shooting was captured on video and sparked nationwide protests, which intensified after it was followed a day later by the officer-involved killing of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.

Minnesota reaction

State leaders have issued their own responses to the Baton Rouge killings Sunday morning, including Gov. Mark Dayton.

https://twitter.com/GovMarkDayton/status/754728801926471680

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman meanwhile paid tribute on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/mayorcoleman/status/754725521678663680

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