A man believed to have taken part in the shooting that killed at least three police officers from Baton Rouge, LA was from the metro area.
Sources tell KCTV5 the shooter’s name is Gavin Eugene Long.
Three police officers were killed and three additional police officers were wounded Sunday morning in Louisiana.
A Grandview High School classmate tells KCTV5 that Long converted to Islam three years ago. He said Long was quiet and nice.
Carl Bellew, a former neighbor, told KCTV5 he was stunned after it was revealed Long was the suspect in the case.
“I don’t know what to say,” he said. “A good dog can get rabies, so anything is possible.”
A Youtube account operated by Gavin Eugene Long and discovered by The Daily Caller reveals key insight into what might have motivated the 29-year-old black man who killed three Baton Rouge police officers Sunday morning.
Videos on Long’s account show that he was a former Nation of Islam member. He also ranted against “crackers” and made references to Alton Sterling, the black man killed by police in Baton Rouge on July 5.
“If I would have been there with Alton — clap,” Long says in a video posted on July 14.
As in gun clap.
Retired Army Lt. Col. Joe Myers, a former Pentagon intelligence official, said Long’s ties to separatists shed light on his anti-police mentality. “The cop killers represent a true and lethal form of left-wing anti-government extremism, sprinkled with black and Islamic separatist symbology, ideology and racism,” he said.