I held off blogging about this because there still so little information that was available about the shooter or his motivation.
However now we know that the suspect's name is Gavin Long from Kansas City, who may have been with a group of others from Missouri that the police were already on the lookout for.
We also know that police responded to a call about a man walking down the street with an assault rifle, and when they arrived three were shot and wounded and three others were killed at the scene.
The shooter, Gavin Long, was also killed in the exchange of gunfire.
Here is some amateur video taken during the shooting.
It does not show very much but you can hear the shots being fired.
As of this post I do not yet know the shooter's ethnicity, but I have read that he was wearing black clothing and a mask to hide his identity.
There is also some talk on MSNBC that the shooter might be associated with the sovereign citizen's movement, but that has not been confirmed by law enforcement.
I will update this post as new details come in.
Update: The President weighs in on the shooting.
Gee, I wonder who he was talking to there Donald?President Obama: "Focus on words and actions that can unite this country" https://t.co/3QFt2sOH2E #BatonRouge https://t.co/CEpe0mINqF— CNN (@CNN) July 17, 2016
I have read in a number of places that folks are trying to blame this on President Obama and, as you saw here earlier, liberals.
Apparently in the opinion of those folks if you speak out against police violence you are responsible for encouraging attacks on police.
Just to be clear I condemn both of those acts.
Update 2: Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal:
The alleged gunman, who was killed by police, has been identified as 29-year-old Gavin Long, according to a person briefed on the investigation. The suspect was from Missouri and was affiliated with an antigovernment group called the New Freedom Group, the person added.
Wow, so it is an anti-government group. That is going to force the pro-gun folks to take a pause before making a statement about this.
Update 3: Reporters trying to gather information have to start wearing bullet proof vests.
Certainly sounds like the right address.Just went to the most recent listed address for the alleged #BatonRouge shooter in KC... A man answered the door with an AK-47— Megan Brilley (@meganbrilley) July 17, 2016
Update 4: Okay NOW we know the ethnicity of the shooter:
The suspect has been identified as a black male named Gavin Eugene Long of Kansas City, Missouri, sources tell CBS News. He was born on July 17, 1987.
That whooshing sound you here is the NRA breathing a giant sigh of relief.
Update 5: Always the wrong tone from Donald Trump.
Our country is totally divided and our enemies are watching. We are not looking good, we are not looking smart, we are not looking tough!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 17, 2016
You know I think that he deserves some of the responsibility for the friction we are seeing right now.President Obama just had a news conference, but he doesn't have a clue. Our country is a divided crime scene, and it will only get worse!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 17, 2016
Not the President.