29 year old Gavin Eugene Long has been identified by police as the man who shot and killed three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was born in July 17, 1987.
Long identified himself on social media as “Cosmo Setepenra” and “described himself as a life coach, nutritionist, and personal trainer.”
He also posted videos of himself ranting about police violence.
NBC News reports that the man is from Kansas City, Missouri.
Authorities indicate that he was a member of a right wing militia. The Wall Street Journal has named the group as the “New Freedom Group,” a so-called Sovereign Citizen group.
Police were reportedly lured to the scene of the crime by a 9-1-1 call. 6 officers were shot, with 3 killed and 3 injured.
Gavin Long Photos & Videos
Gavin Long video ranting about police violence:
My bodycam footage of me in Dallas out in them streets educating our people pt2
# Stand Tall, Stand Wild, Stand Free pic.twitter.com/oJh1VDZ9B0
— Convos With Cosmo (@ConvosWithCosmo) July 10, 2016
Obama Statement On Baton Rouge Shooting
President Obama made a statement on the shooting that killed 3 police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“Attacks on police are an attack on all of us and the rule of law that makes society possible.”
“What I want you to feel today is the respect & gratitude of the American people for everything you do.”
“Everyone right now focus on words and actions that can unite this country…We need to temper our words, and open our hearts.”
“It is up to all of us to make sure we are part of the solution, and not part of the problem.”
“Only we can prove, in our own actions and words, that we will not be divided, even if we have to do it again and again and again.”