- Three officers are dead and three more are in hospital, one in critical condition, after a shooting in Baton Rouge
- Gunman has been identified as Gavin Eugene Long, a former Marine sergeant turned ‘Alpha-preneur’ who went under the pseudonym of Cosmo Setepenra and turned 29 on the same day he ambushed cops
- In a video uploaded from Dallas days after the shootings there, he advocated violent protests and ‘bloodshed’
- Victims are Montrell Jackson, 32, Matthew Gerald, 41, and Brad Garafola, 45, who were all married and had kids
- Nicholas Tullier, 41, is in critical condition; Bruce Simmons, 51, was treated and third wounded cop hasn’t been named
- President Obama branded the shooting ‘cowardly and reprehensible’ while Donald Trump demanded ‘law and order’
- Shooting of Alton Sterling by police in Baton Rouge 12 days ago sparked outrage and wave of protests across U.S.
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The man who shot three police officers dead and injured three more in Baton Rouge on Sunday morning has been named as Gavin Eugene Long, a black man from Kansas City who carried out the attack on his 29th birthday.
Long opened fire on police after they were called to Airline Highway, less than a mile from their headquarters, at around 8.30am to reports of a man dressed all in black, wearing a mask and holding an ‘AR-15 type’ assault rifle.
After shooting dead officers Montrell Jackson, 32, Matthew Gerald, 41, and Brad Garafola, 45; and wounding Nicholas Tullier, 41, Bruce Simmons, 51, and a third unidentified officer, 41, Long was pursued to a nearby convenience store where he was shot dead.
He has since been revealed as a former Marine who was honorably discharged in 2010 after achieving the rank of sergeant, before becoming a life coach and self-styled ‘Alpha-preneur’ under the name of Cosmo Setepenra.
Under the pseudonym Long pedaled his warped world view to followers through podcasts and YouTube videos, and appears to have been in Dallas a short time after the police shootings there, where he uploaded a video advocating violent protests by African Americans.
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Eugene Gavin Long, who turned 29 today, has been identified as the man who shot three police officers dead and wounded three more, one of whom is in critical condition, in Baton Rouge
Long is a former Marine sergeant turned lifestyle guru who went under the pseudonym of Cosmo Setepenra who uploaded podcasts advising followers on ‘how to be an Alpha male’ and the importance of ‘checking your woman’
Just hours before launching his attack on police in Baton Rouge, Long uploaded this prophetic message to his Twitter account
Long published podcasts detailing his views online, including one uploaded from Dallas which he visited at the time of the cop shootings, in which he says: ‘100 per cent of revolutions have been successful through bloodshed’
Long was shot dead in Baton Rouge on Sunday morning after ambushing police while wearing a mask and opening fire, killing three cops and wounding another three
Officers descended on an apartment linked with Long in Kansas City following the shooting, though it is unclear what was found inside
It is not known whether Long, who was married but divorced back in 2011, had anyone else living in the apartment with him (pictured, a member of the US Marshal service stands guard near the property)
In the footage, shot before he traveled to Baton Rouge, Long said: ‘One hundred per cent of revolutions, victims fighting their oppressors, victims fighting their bullies, 100 per cent have been successful through fighting back, through bloodshed.
‘Zero have been successful by simply protesting. It has never worked and it never will. You’ve gotta fight back, that’s the only way a bully knows to quit. He doesn’t understand words.
‘If y’all wanna keep protesting but for the real ones, the serious ones, the alpha ones – we know what it’s going to take. It’s only fighting back or money. That’s all they care about. Revenue and blood. Nothing else.
‘Don’t even think about it. That’s why I don’t go to protests, because I know I speak well, I’m articulate, I can motivate, I can inspire, and those are the ones they arrest. So I know they’d try to arrest me and I know I would die right there because you’re not going to kidnap me.
‘That’s what (rebel slave) Nat Turner did. That’s what Malcolm (X) did. You’ve got to stand, you’ve got to stand on your rights.
‘Men, this is all for you. I don’t wanna see women at rallies and all that. I feel embarrassed by seeing that. Let me know what one of the elders were telling me in Africa.
Longalso appears to have believed that he was the victim of ‘gang-stalking’, supposedly a form of intense government surveillance that takes place around the clock
‘When men would go out to fight the enemy, the one that would tell her man, if you come back here defeated, I’m killing you. You get what I’m saying. The man knew he couldn’t go home.
‘Either he killed his enemy or he die. Because the kid sees that – damn my daddy came home, he got his ass whooped. He just a b****. I’d rather have this m*********** die, at least this kid knows he stands for something’.
On his website Long claims to have lost 80lbs aged 16 after ‘self-educating’ about fitness, before spending five years in the Marines ‘as one of the Corps most physically fit recruits’, completing one tour of Iraq.
While stationed in California, he says he became ‘a highly esteemed and sought after nutritionist and personal trainer’ then attended Central Texas College and Clark Atlanta University before dropping out, selling all of his possessions and completing a trip around Africa, which he describes as his ‘ancestral homeland’.
During the trip, Long claims to have visited Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Egypt, while on Twitter claiming that he has an ‘Ethiopian Bloodline.’
Long regularly uploaded podcasts under the name Cosmo in which he teaches followers how to become ‘Alpha males’, including advice on ‘checking your women’ and ‘the power of not giving a f***’.
He also spoke with radio host Lance Scurvin, who is based in Florida, and had ranted about the death of Alton Sterling and police claims that the officers’ bodycams had fallen off during the attack, saying that police should release the footage of the cameras falling off.
In a separate video, Long revealed his previous involvement with a black power group, saying: ‘I wanted to let y’all know, because if anything happened to me – I’m an alpha male, I stand firm and I stand for mine, till the end, till the last day in this flesh.
‘Don’t affiliate me with nothing. Don’t affiliate me with the black business school. Yeah I was also a Nation of Islam member, I’m not affiliated with it. Don’t affiliate me with The Money Team.
‘I was a Christian, I was in Africa. Don’t try and say he was in Africa, don’t say he was this and that. They try to put you with ISIS or something like that. No, I’m affiliated with the spirit of justice, nothing else. Nothing more, nothing less. Make sure, there are no affiliations.
‘I thought my own thoughts, I made my own decisions, I’m the one who gotta listen to the judgement. And my heart is pure.’
From posts on several conspiracy theory websites, it also appears he believed that he was a victim of ‘gang-stalking’, a form of intense surveillance that involves all aspects of a person’s life.
Long told people on message boards that he was a ‘TI’ – meaning targeted individual – was was followed around the clock, saying he had taken to wearing cameras in order to expose those responsible.
In 2011 shortly after leaving the military Long divorced his wife, Aireyona Hill, according to Missouri court filings, which said they did not have children.
The three dead police officers have also been identified as Montrell Jackson, 32, a new father and ten-year veteran of the force, Matthew Gerald, 41, a former Marine who joined the Baton Rouge police force a year ago, and Brad Garafola, 45, a married father-of-four who had worked for the sheriff’s office for 24 years.
Nicholas Tullier, 41, an 18-year veteran, is still in hospital in critical condition, while 51-year-old Bruce Simmons, who had been with the department for 23 years, has been treated for non-life-threatening injuries. A third wounded officer, also aged 41, has not been named. All were married with families.
Jackson, 32, who welcomed a son less than a year ago, celebrated his ten-year anniversary with the Baton Rouge Police Department just last month and was once injured helping to save a toddler from a burning building, The Advocate reports.
Meanwhile Gerald was a married father-of-two who was given the go-ahead to go on solo patrol duty just 12 days ago, the same day Alton Sterling was shot dead, according to Fox News 8 New Orleans.
Gerald had celebrated his fourth wedding anniversary with wife Dechia just two weeks ago according to friends who told WWLTV that the pair had a three-year-old daughter together, and that Gerald had adopted Dechia’s older daughter from a previous marriage.
He served in the Marines and as a Blackhawk crew chief, friends said, and had signed up to become a Baton Rouge police officer just four months ago.
The officers shot and killed on Sunday have been named as Montrell Jackson, 32 (left), Matthew Gerald, 41 (center), and Brad Garafola, 45
Montrell Jackson was a new father who celebrated his 10-year anniversary with the Baton Rouge Police Department last month
Kedrick Pitts, Jackson’s half brother, and Octavia Lacey, his aunt, embrace in front of the officer’s mother’s house after he was killed
Matthew Gerald, 41, was a Marine and married father-of-two who had been working on his own for just 12 days before he died
Gerald had served in the Marines (left) as a Blackhawk crew member before joining the Baton Rouge Police Department four months ago (pictured right with wife Dechia, their three-year-old daughter, and Dechia’s daughter from a previous marriage)
Garofola had just finished an extra shift around 8am and was heading to meet his wife Tonja before they went on holiday on Monday when he was shot and killed. He was the father of four children, who ranged in age from 21 to 7.
Tonja added: ‘He loved us so much. He was always bragging about his family .He was a great guy. Not just a great law enforcement, he was a great husband and a great father. He didn’t deserve this. He always helped everybody.’
Brad Garafola, 45, was a married father-of-four who was finishing his last shift before going on holiday with his family when Long attacked and killed him
Shortly before he died, Jackson wrote a Facebook post saying he was ‘tired physically and emotionally’, adding that ‘in uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat.’
Referencing the shooting death of Alton Sterling, which started protests in the city two days ago, he said: ‘I personally want to send out prayers to everyone directly affected by this tragedy. These are trying time. Please don’t let hate infect your heart.
‘This city must and will get better. I’m working these streets so any protesters, officers, friends, family, or whoever, if you see me and need a hug or want to send a prayer, I got you.’
Jackson, was praised by friend Darnell Murdock, who said: ‘He loved his job. It motivated him to go out and change people’s lives. He was on (the force) to help people, to make you have a better day.
‘He was humble, kind and sweet. … He wasn’t on there to write tickets. I don’t understand how this could happen to someone like him.’
Speaking after the shooting, Gov. John Bel Edwards said: ‘It’s unjustified, it’s unjustifiable, the violence, the hatred just has to stop,’ he said.
‘It’s unspeakable that these men, risking their lives to protect and serve, were taken out in the way they were. ‘They are everyday heroes.
‘I want tor reassure everyone that we are doing everything humanly possible so that everyone is protected. Everything will be done to bring the shooter, or shooters if there’s more than one, to justice.
‘An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us and it has to stop,’ Gov Edwards added.
‘The people who carried this out do not represent the city of Baton Rouge, or the State of Louisiana or this country.
‘There simply is no place for more violence, it doesn’t help anyone, it doesn’t help any injustice perceived or real, it is just another injustice. We are not going to tolerate more hate and violence tearing apart the lives and families of people in Louisiana.’
Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L’Jean McKneely Jr said the shooting took place outside and possibly inside the B-Quik convenience store on Airline Highway. The suspect’s body was found next door, outside of a fitness center, he said.
According to the Advocate, an officer made a report over a police radio at around 8.45am saying that a ‘lady who came up and said there was a suspect walking with a … and an assault rifle out here behind the store’.
Two minutes later, another officer was heard shouting: ‘Shots fired, officer down, shots fired, officer down!’
Another yelled: ‘Got a city officer down, shots fired! Shots fired on Airline! I don’t know where he’s f***ing shooting from.’
Police officers also described the man as wearing a mask and ‘carrying an A-R’ in the radio messages.
An injured officer is then heard shouting that he has been shot in the left arm, and moments later cops radio in that they have seen a ‘second’ gunman, though these reports later turned out to be false.
Two other ‘persons of interest’ were traced to West Baton Rouge Parish where they were questioned but later released without charge.
Governor of Louisiana John Bel Edwards made a passionate plea for the ‘hatred to stop’ following the shooting in Baton Rouge
President Obama also condemned the attack in Baton Rouge, describing it as ‘cowardly’ and promising ‘there will be justice’
Officer Markell Morris carries a bouquet of flowers and a Superman action figure to a makeshift memorial for the three officers shot in Baton Rouge set up outside the hospital where they were taken
Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie is locked in an emotional embrace following the shooting of three officers on Sunday
Cops were also pictured embracing each other following a press conference at which Dabadie begged for the violence to stop
Members of the public were also seen hugging police officers following a vigil for the three killed in Baton Rouge on Sunday morning
Members of the public have been dropping off floral tributes at the Our Lady of the Lake Hospital for a memorial to the officers
Videos taken by a bystander at the scene captured the panic as gunshots rang out, while another showed police officers brandishing rifles as they ran towards the scene.
President Obama subsequently condemned the ‘cowardly and reprehensible’ attack on the police officers while vowing: ‘Justice will be done.
He blasted the assault on officers ‘who put their lives on the line for ours every day’ and branded the perpetrators ‘cowards who speak for no one,’ adding later: ‘Attacks on police are an attack on all of us and the rule of law that makes society possible.’
Urging Americans to unite in the wake of the latest tragedy, he added: ‘We need to temper our words and open our hearts.’
Attorney General Loretta Lynch pledged the full support of the Justice Department as the investigation unfolds.
She said agents from the FBI and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are on the scene.
The Justice Department will make available victim services and federal funding support, and provide investigative assistance to the fullest extent possible, she said.
Lynch added that there is no place in the United States for such appalling violence.
A Sheriff’s Department vehicle with the rear window riddled with bullet holes was taken from the scene earlier today
Airline Highway (pictured top) remains closed this evening as officers continue to examine the scene were Long opened fire
Police patrol outside the B-Quik convenience store, where Long was shot dead after opening fire on officers, killing three
Cops have not released a motive for the killing, but Long’s online persona suggests that he harbored violent intentions toward police
Solemn Baton Rouge police officers stand in front of the congregation at Saint John the Baptist Church in Zachary, Louisiana, at a vigil for the slain and wounded officers in Baton Rouge
It has been a tense last 12 days for officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following the shooting death of Alton Sterling that has led to protests and now the shooting of six officers
Dozens of officers and members of the public turned out to pay their respects to the six dead and wounded officers in Louisiana overnight
The mother of Alton Sterling’s son Cameron, Quinyetta McMillion, released a statement condemning violence of any kind.
She said: ‘We are disgusted by the despicable act of violence today that resulted in the shooting deaths of members of the Baton Rouge Law Enforcement.
‘My family is heartbroken for the officers and their families. We are praying for them, city leadership and the Baton Rouge community.
‘As my son Cameron and I have said from the beginning, all we want is peace. We reject violence of any kind directed at members of law enforcement or citizens.
‘My hope is that one day soon we can come together and find solutions to the very important issues facing out nation rather than continuing to hurt one another.’
Meanwhile Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump wrote on his Facebook page: ‘We grieve for the officers killed in Baton Rouge today.
‘How many law enforcement and people have to die because of a lack of leadership in our country? We demand law and order.’
Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton added: ‘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 their lives on the line every day in service of our families and communities.’
‘We must not turn our 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.’
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said: ‘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.
‘For now, I’m asking all Louisianans to join Donna and me in praying for the officers who were involved and their families as the details continue to unfold.’
Vice President Joe Biden on Monday dubbed the shootings a ‘despicable act.’
During a speech at a Boeing factory he is visiting in Australia, he said: ‘It’s a despicable act and it’s an attack on our very way of life at home.’
‘My enduring thanks for every police officer who gets up in the morning and goes out on that night shift. And they look for one thing – they kiss their wife good-bye or their husband and they want to go home and tuck in their kids,’ Biden said. ‘They have a right to do that. They have a right to be able to be protected and we owe them big.’
‘THESE ATTACKS ARE THE WORKS OF COWARDS’: OBAMA’S STATEMENT
‘I condemn, in the strongest sense of the word, the attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge. 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.
‘I’ve offered my full support, and the full support of the federal government, to Governor Edwards, Mayor Holden, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Baton Rouge Police Department. And make no mistake – justice will be done.
‘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. 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.
‘Today, on the Lord’s day, all of us stand united in prayer with the people of Baton Rouge, with the police officers who’ve been wounded, and with the grieving families of the fallen. May God bless them all.’
Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump demanded ‘law and order’ following the shooting as he criticized the ‘lack of leadership’
Officers were called to reports of a masked man walking along the highway in Baton Rouge with a rifle before the first shots were fired
On edge: Officers ran from the hospital where the three wounded cops were taken after someone was arrested outside with a gun in their car, though it later turned out to be a false alarm
Police received a 911 call reporting a ‘suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle’. Pictured, police at the scene
The 9am shooting took place less than a mile from Baton Rouge’s police headquarters. Pictured, police on the scene this morning
A police officer in tactical gear sets up in a parking lot while responding to Sunday morning’s shooting of at least six police officers
Police in Baton Rouge were on high alert earlier this week after a gang – including boys aged just 12 and 13 – were arrested as they tried to steal handguns as part of a ‘substantial, credible threat’ to harm police officers in Baton Rouge.
Authorities discovered the alleged plot while responding to a burglary at a pawn shop early on June 9.
They arrested one suspect – Antonio Thomas, 17 – at the scene with a handgun and a BB gun.
During questioning, Thomas said that he and three other suspects stole the firearms and ‘were going to get bullets to shoot police,’ authorities said.
On Tuesday, the chief also confirmed that Thomas told police that ‘the reason the burglary was being done was to harm police officers’.
Malik Bridgewater, 20, was also arrested, as were two boys aged 12 and 13. The two named suspects are black.
The shooting comes 12 days after Sterling was shot dead outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge by two police officers.
Sterling was armed but his handgun was in his pocket and the footage does not appear to show him reaching for it.
His shooting on July 5 – and that of Philando Castile in St Paul, Minnesota, the next day – led to nationwide protests over the treatment of black people by the police.
Crime scene: The busy interstate has been completely blocked off in both directions as police continue to investigate the shooting
While police initially reported that there may be more than one shooter, these reports proved false. Two ‘persons of interest’ were traced to West Baton Rouge Parish but were released without charge
On high alert: Two hospitals were placed on lockdown earlier, with police officers checking arrivals at all entrances
Black street seller Alton Sterling was shot by two white police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 12 days before Sunday’s shooting
Over the weekend, thousands of people took to the streets in Baton Rouge to condemn Sterling’s death, including hundreds of demonstrators who congregated outside the police station.
Authorities arrested about 200 people over the three-day weekend.
A peaceful Black Lives Matter protest days after Sterling’s was hijacked by Micah Johnson, who used the demonstration as an opportunity to ambush police, killing five.
Dallas police chief David Brown led the messages of support to police in Baton Rouge following the shooting.
‘Our thoughts and prayers are with Baton Rouge Police,’ Brown said.
Reverend Al Sharpton added: ‘Praying for the families of the police officers shot in Baton Rouge as we await the full details.
‘This senseless violence really must stop.’
Speaking after Sunday’s shooting, Veda Sterling, Alton Sterling’s aunt, told local television news ‘things will now get 100 times worse’.
‘We want to offer our condolences to the officers’ families because we know first-hand what they are going through. We just went through this,’ she said.
‘We also want it to be known that this is not in retaliation due to Alton’s death. There was no protesting going on there on where this took place.’
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