Baton Rouge Shooting, Three US Officers Killed
Three officers were shot dead on Sunday July 17 at around 9 a.m., as seven others succumbed to injuries in Baton Rouge, La.
In a statement the sheriff’s office of East Baton Rouge said that the shooting took place at the Hammond Aire Plaza on Airline Highway. This comes a month after five police officers were killed in Dallas on July 7 as people protested country wide for the deaths of two African-American men, who died at the hands of the police in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis. Both the officers from the sheriff’s office and the Baton Rouge Police Department responded swiftly to the scene.
“Multiple officers from both agencies sustained injuries and were transported to local hospitals,” the statement said.
Mark Clements, who lives near the shopping center, said he heard shots go off from his backyard. “I heard probably 10 to 12 gunshots go off,” he said in a telephone interview. “We heard a bunch of sirens and choppers and everything since then.”
The governor of Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards condemned the act stating that it was “an unspeakable and unjustified attack.” He further added that he will put every resource available to the state of Louisiana to use, so as to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.
Kip Holden, mayor of Baton Rouge said that he had spoken to White House officials in Washington, who had offered assistance. He also added that the shooting might be somehow connected with that of Alton Sterling. “Everything’s been anti-police,” he said.
There have been countless protests along Airline Highway ever since Alton Sterling was shot in Baton Rouge earlier this month. The Police Headquarters also runs along the highway. And at around 9 a.m. the road was closed in both directions.
So far there have been loads of images and videos going on around social media, mostly from the scene as well as the roads leading to the place where the shooting took place. There were also a large number of police vehicles along the road. Residents have been warned to stay away from the scene.
So far one suspect is dead as two others are still at large.