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Law enforcement officials continue to work the scene in and around the convenience store where 3 officers were killed and another 3 were wounded Sunday morning.

Louisiana State Police commander Col. Mike Edmonson says they believe a suspect shot and killed at the scene was responsible for killing and wounding the officers. That gunman has been identified as 29-year-old Gavin Eugene Long of Kansas City, Missouri.

Two Baton Rouge city police officers were killed, with a third wounded, and one EBR sheriff's deputy was killed, with two other deputies wounded.

Sue Lincoln

Many only know the state’s capital city at the “best of times”, such as during legislative sessions or LSU football season. But since the Alton Sterling shooting, the world is seeing Baton Rouge at the “worst of times”.

“Baton Rouge is a classic ‘Tale of Two Cities’,” says Southern University political science professor Albert Samuels, and , he adds that race is the primary factor creating that duality.

Governor John Bel Edwards and Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson were in Washington, D.C. Wednesday. They were part of a meeting called by President Obama to discuss recent shooting deaths in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas. They were joined by other law enforcement and elected officials, as well as civil rights activists. 


Sue Lincoln

Together Baton Rouge, the multi-faith community group started over 6 years ago, met Tuesday to begin the work of healing the racial divide which has been torn open again by the shooting death of Alton Sterling one week before.

“Each one of us has had a different experience of this last week,” University Presbyterian Church pastor Patty Snyder told the gathering of more than 300 participants.

S. Lincoln

“I’m announcing my decision to recuse my office from the determination of criminal responsibility in the death of Alton Sterling,” East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore announced Monday.

The decision is due to his long-standing working relationship with the parents of Baton Rouge police officer Blane Salamoni, alleged to have fired the fatal shots one week ago.

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