Baton Rouge Shooter, Ex-Marine, Had No Known Ties To Radical Groups

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In the wake of a Baton Rouge shooting that left three police officers dead, President Barack Obama took a stand in front of the American people once more to address the ongoing cycle of violence throughout the nation on Sunday (July 17). "But we believe he was targeting those officers", Slaton said. One remains in critical condition.

The suspect, Gavin Eugene Long, 29, was from Kansas City, Missouri, a source familiar with the investigation told Reuters. Stills from the videos show Long dressed all in black, with a military-style trousers, a short-sleeve shirt and a hooded mask.

Long served in the U.S. Marines from 2005 to 2010, reaching the rank of sergeant. He served in Iraq from June 2008 to January 2009, and records show he received several medals during his military career, including one for good conduct.

In Cincinnati, Clinton promised in a speech to the NAACP civil rights group to bring the "full weight of the law" against people who kill police officers.

The domestic terrorist, who advocated shooting police officers as "justice" for incidents of black criminals like Alton Sterling being killed while fighting with police, had a Stag Arms AR-15 in his vehicle as a potential backup weapon, but it was never fired during the attack. University police had no interaction with Long during that time, Bryant said. He added: "His movements, his direction, his attention was on police officers".

A website, social media accounts and YouTube videos from Long include complaints about police abuse of African-Americans and indicate he recently joined demonstrations in Dallas, where a black former member of the US Army Reserve killed five officers two days after Sterling's death.

Obama said the motive behind Sunday's killing of three officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was still unknown.

Long, Sunday's shooter, was black.

The terrorist circled back towards where his vehicle was parked and where his backup rifle was stashed when he was engaged by a SWAT officer and killed with a single shot.

"I had already decided that I was coming to Dallas before even... the police shooting already happened", he says.

Both gunmen were killed by law enforcement officials.

On Sunday, he also condemned the Baton Rouge killings.

"We as a nation have to be loud and clear that nothing justifies attacks on law enforcement", Obama said in remarks from the White House briefing room. "Attacks on police are an attack on all of us, and the rule of law that makes society possible".

The president spoke on the eve of the Republican Party's national convention, where Donald Trump will officially accept the GOP nomination. The shooting was a calculated act, the sheriff said, describing a video that captured the scene as "chilling in the sheer brutality". Additional information came from the Associated Press. He urged candidates and their supporters to avoid "careless accusations" that could further heighten racial tensions. Hai Do was the editor.

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