A shooting has taken place in Baton Rouge that has left three police officers dead and three others wounded. Officials believe that it was the work of multiple gunmen that initiated the attack.
According to CNN, the police had received a tip that there was a ‘suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle.’ As soon as the police responded, the shooting began. After the attack on police officers in Dallas, officials fear that this may be the work of copycats. USA Today reports that officials have drones working in the area to make sure that there is no possibility of explosives. Both articles mention that relations between citizens and police officers have been tense after the death of Alton Sterling, an unarmed black man who died at the hands of the police earlier in the month.
President Barack Obama released a statement condemning the attacks. He stated he believed that the shooting and the one in Dallas are acts of violence with no justification, and that they ‘right no wrongs’ and ‘advance no causes.’
The latest update reports that one of the suspects, yet to be identified, has been killed. Police believe that there are still two more suspects at large that may be wearing army fatigues or black clothing and masks.
No motive for the shootings has been released.
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