Gunman kills three police officers in Louisiana; Obama condemns attack

Police officers block off a road after a shooting of police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 17, 2016. Reuters/Joe Penney

(SOURCE)    A gunman killed three police officers and wounded three others in Louisiana’s capital on Sunday, just days after the police shooting of a black man there sparked nationwide protests, one of which led to the massacre of five Dallas policemen.

Officers in Baton Rouge were responding to a call of a man carrying a gun when shots were fired at around 9 a.m. local time (10.00 a.m. ET). Two Baton Rouge police officers and one sheriff’s deputy were killed.

The gunman died in a shootout with police a short time after he opened fire on the first group of officers, Colonel Mike Edmonson, superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, said in a press conference.

The suspect, identified by a U.S. official as Gavin Long of Kansas City, Missouri, was believed to have acted alone. Investigators suspect a 911 emergency call may have been used to lure police to the scene, the official said on condition of anonymity.

It was not immediately clear whether there was a link between the shootings and the recent unrest over the police killings of black men in Baton Rouge and Minnesota.

Authorities did not give any information about the gunman’s possible motive.

President Barack Obama condemned the attack, vowed that justice would be done and called on Americans to focus on rhetoric and actions that united the country rather than divided it.

“We as a nation have to be loud and clear that nothing justifies violence on law enforcement,” Obama said in televised remarks from the White House.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards called the shootings an “unspeakable, heinous attack” that served no purpose.

“There simply is no place for more violence. That doesn’t help anyone, it doesn’t further the conversation, it doesn’t address any injustice, perceived or real. It is just an injustice in and of itself,” he told reporters in Baton Rouge.

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14 comments

  1. Andi Garcia

    Thanks for sharing Gordon. This saddens and angers me. Everyone thinks they have the answer…I’m tired of it, the only answer I believe, is Jesus. If everyone knew and accepted Jesus we would no longer have these problems. Alot of people say it’s about color, gender, sexual orientation etc and so on, the list goes on, but Jesus just is…He is the answer. I know that I am just one person and probably would have 50 against me, but …NO EVIL FORMED AGAINST ME SHALL PROSPER. amen…sorry for rambling.

    • Gordon King

      Thanks for your comments Andi!

      Evil spirits are dividing our country and separating the lost even further from the truth of Jesus Christ. If people really wanted to know the truth, then they would find it, but so many are happy and content with whatever they are fed.

      God bless!

    • Jeff Shull

      Andi,, you are absolutely correct. The answer is the Lord Jesus Christ but I see the American Christians use him as a good luck charm to hide behind. We also as Christians need to stand up against these groups that hate. We must not only share Christs love but also fight back. There is righteous indignation. If the founders (most of who loved the Lord) had thought as todays church we would not have left Britain we would have cowed in the corner and put it off on God.It is okay to pray for the Lord to take vengeance on those who fight against him and ask at the same time for a way to get the gospel message to those willing to hear. God bless Andi. I know not all will agree with me either.

  2. Cliff

    This whole “war on Police” was STARTED and continued by OSCUMBAG, by his “comments” and his “administration” letting the Black LIES matter “movement”/new black panther party get away with blatantly breaking the law, looting, robbing, detroying property and then allowing them to “walk” Just because of the color of their skin. (sorry that is what blacks DO to “protest”) and also just like crooked Hitlery) This is nothing new with oscumbag and his communist/ “progressive” party This has been going on with this administration from day 1. The “race card” has been played so much the deck must be completely worn out by now.
    I for one, am TIRED of the continuous “poor me” I am BLACK crap, dividing our Country.

  3. Roy l.

    Obama has no right to openhis mouth. He is just as much tbe cause of this as black lives matter groups are his racial ,racist comments aboutthe police. Well obama, i guess someone took you and black lives matter serious when these racist terror groups were yelling, “WHAT DO WE WANT., DEAD COPS,, PIGS LOOK GOOD WRAPPED IN A BLANKET” looks like your racist ass has finally got what you wanted Obama, black people killing white people. All police offices should turn their back to this person. He supports openly BLACK LIVES MATTER GROUPS. IF HE CAME TO ANY POLICE officers funnel. Americans should stand by the police now more than ever since blacks want to harm the white officers. Obama you have the blood of police officers now on his hands. Nothing but a dam bunch of BLACK KKK MEMBERS.

  4. Anonymous

    Obama needs to be truthful with himself. He knows that this situation with the murder of police officers all started during his administration. He must be very clear by his words and actions to condemn those groups such as black lives matter and face the reality’s that there is no police plan to just kill blacks for the fun of it. He is well aware that there are many more killings of blacks on blacks than there are whites on blacks.

    • Gordon King

      Thanks for your comment Anonymous!

      You are right in what you say, however Obama will not speak the truth, he has an agenda, one of which is to divide America. The American people voted Obama into office, not just once but twice! And now we pay for what we as a nation have done.

      God bless!

      • Cliff

        Obama wasn’t “voted” back in by the American people. he was “installed” by VOTER FRAUD thanks to the likes of the SCUMOCRATS and Soros’ MONEY and don’t forget WHOSE company manufactures these “machines” (that were PROVEN to be “hacked”)…. SOROS
        Welcome to CORRUPTION to push the OBAMANATION, “We the People” have had to endure for almost 8 LONG years.

  5. Jeff Shull

    The national media will not give you the fact that the shooter was a member of the Nation of Islam. This group has moved well past the demeanor of standing at intersections in their Uncle Tom bow ties, handing out flowers and spreading their propaganda garbage and pamphlets on islam. They are thugs and murderers and the shooter was one (even though he was ex military).

    • Gordon King

      Thanks for your comment Jeff!

      The media has not come out and said that this man was a member of the nation of Islam, however they did say that at one time he was a Muslim, but they also said that he was a Christian. He couldn’t be both that’s for sure, and if he were a Christian then he would not be committing such heinous acts. Most of the mainstream media is biased against Christianity, the Jews, and the nation of Israel.

      I don’t know what this man was, however I do know that his acts and intentions were evil.

      God bless!

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