At least 2 police officers killed in Baton Rouge shooting, gunman at large – mayor
According to conflicting reports, at least three Baton Rouge officers are feared dead, WAFB reported.
At least seven policemen were shot, at least three of whom are feared dead, a source close to the investigation said, CNN reported.
Baton Rouge police responded to a call reporting a “suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle,”the source said, adding that the person opened fire as soon as the police squad arrived, CNN also reported.
• Gunman still at large.
• Second shooter scenario raised.
• Eyewitness account –> pic.twitter.com/RNeettXGgQ
— Mikey Kay (@MikeyKayNYC) July 17, 2016
WAFB said that the shootout began in the early hours of Sunday morning on Airline Highway near Old Hammond Highway in Baton Rouge, less than one mile from police headquarters. The incident reportedly took place at Hammond Aire Shopping Center.
The officers involved in the episode were reportedly from the Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.
“There is still an active scene. They are investigating,” Kip Holden, the mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish told, CNN. “Right now we are trying to get our arms around everything.”
“Everything is moving fast and I have not been able to verify everything,” he noted, adding that the gunman is believed to be down.
The immediate area has been cordoned off and closed to traffic, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said.
The suspected gunman has been reportedly shot during a police operation, according to NBC. However this information has not been officially confirmed yet.
JUST IN: State police: At least 2 officers shot in Baton Rouge; suspected gunman has been shot; conditions unknown.
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) July 17, 2016
State Police SWAT now on scene pic.twitter.com/r3Eni4aODL
— Michael Vinsanau (@MVinsanau) July 17, 2016