Vigil continues at the site of Alton Sterling's shooting by police

Vigil draws throngs of people

BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - A vigil remained lit with candles outside the convenience store where Alton Sterling was killed earlier this week.

A calmer scene in Baton Rouge after hundreds of people gathered last night demanding justice for Alton Sterling.

They say they want a fair investigation into the 37-year-old's death. Graphic new cell phone video shows what happened when officers arrived here and shot Sterling after confrontation.

Sterling was shot multiple times in the chest and the back, according to preliminary findings from the East Baton Rouge coroner. Police responded to the Triple S Food Mart where witnesses reported a man with a gun selling CDs outside the store.

Two Baton Rouge police officers, Howie Lake II and Blane Salamoni are now on administrative leave after Sterling was shot six times.

Lake, 28, a three-year veteran. In 2014 he was one of six officers involved in the shooting of a sex offender suspect. He was disciplined, but not charged.
Salamoni has four years on the force. Last year he received a "life-saving" award.

Governor Edwards says the investigation into the officers' actions will be handled at the highest levels.  It could take as long as 30 days for investigators to question the officers.

State laws stress officers are granted up 30 days to secure counsel they want with them during questioning.

In the video you can hear the officers yell that Sterling had a gun and Baton Rouge police chief Carl Dabadie said yesterday the officers were told Sterling had a weapon before they arrived on scene.

At last night's vigil, the father of five was remembered by his family and even strangers who just wanted to offer support.

The United States Department of Justice have taken over the investigation.

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