Three officers have been confirmed dead after a gunman opened fire, wounding at least seven members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge early Sunday, July 17. The shooting is reported to have happened at around 9 a.m. [10 a.m. ET], while police were responding to a call about "a suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle," according to a source close to the investigation. Details of the incident are still being verified, but East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor Kip Holden has told reporters that one shooter is believed to have been downed.
Before the situation was reported to have been contained [by noon], parts of the city were locked down, with police closing streets between department headquarters and Interstate 12, and shutting both lanes of Airline Highway from Goodwood Boulevard to Old Hammond Highway, and from Old Hammond to Drusilla Drive. Early reports told of witnesses describing an individual in black whose face was covered over, having sparked a shoot out with authorities when he appeared from between a store and a car wash across from Hammond Air Plaza. Around 20 officers and a helicopter were reported to have flocked to the scene of the shooting.
The assault would spark a manhunt for additional assailants, with two possible suspects believed to be at large. The two local hospitals treating the wounded officers were placed under heavy security in the shooting's aftermath. The whole city of Baton Rouge appeared vulnerable at one point, as mayor Holden insisted that residents remain off of the streets following the shooting.
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