What we know on Monday:
—Governor John Bel Edwards said Monday that Gavin Long came to Louisiana specifically to kill law enforcement.
—Earlier Monday, Louisiana State Police identified Long as the gunman who on Sunday killed three officers and wounded three others. Long was killed in the face-off with police.
—The incident comes less than two weeks after Alton Sterling’s shooting death by Baton Rouge police officers on July 5, sparking both local and national protests. There’s no evidence of a connection between the two events so far.
—We’re live-blogging the major updates. All updates are in Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -4).
Governor John Bel Edwards said Monday that Gavin Long, the Kansas City man identified as the gunman who killed three police officers in Baton Rouge Sunday, came to Louisiana specifically to kill law enforcement.
“He came in here from somewhere else to do harm to our community,” Edwards told reporters, adding, “That’s what he attacked, the very fabric of our society. That is not what justice looks like… It’s just pure, unadulterated evil.”
Investigators are still trying to determine why Long, who had been in the city for several days ahead of the attack, specifically chose Baton Rouge. Colonel Mike Edmonson of the Louisiana State Police, who outlined the timeline of the attack, said Long was the only shooter in what was a “calculated act.” Long was armed with three weapons—an IWI Tavor, SAR, 5.56-caliber rifle; a Stag Arms, M4 Variant, 5.56-caliber rifle; and a handgun.