Search for motive ongoing in Baton Rouge police shootings

Search for motive ongoing in Baton Rouge police shootings

BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - At a news conference in Baton Rouge on Monday, law enforcement officials said the investigation of the gunman who killed three officers and injured three others is far from over.

They said Gavin Long of Kansas City was targeting police in a methodical way, but the search for a motive continues. Authorities said Long was in Baton Rouge for several days.

The city's chief of police defended the tactics his officers used during days of protests after the shooting death of Alton Sterling at the hands of his officers.

He said Long would have killed more people had the SWAT team not taken him out.

"I couldn't be more proud of our SWAT team," said Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. "We've been questioned for the last three or four weeks about our militarized tactics, our militarized law enforcement. This is why - because we are up against a force that is not playing by the rules. They didn't play by the rules in Dallas, and they didn't play by the rules here."

"We do know this much - we do know that the person that killed those police officers and the person that was killed by the Baton Rouge Police Department is this gentleman right here," said Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson, pointing to Long's photo. "Whether or not he had any other help on this particular location in that particular car at that time, no."

A memorial is growing near the shooting scene next to a convenience store along Airline Highway.

A chaplain from new jersey first traveled to dallas after the police shootings there and then here.

"I was praying with a Dallas-Forth Worth Police Department officer, and after we prayed, a call came over the radio saying three officers were killed in Baton Rouge, so I immediately got on a plane and flew here," said Chaplain Bob Ossley, from New Jersey.

Another woman said she was visiting the memorial to show respect.

"Just to support," said Crystal Smith. "It's a lot, it's a lot of tension in our city, and we need to support each other. It doesn't matter who's wrong or right."

The investigation continues into whether Long was a member of an anti-government group and whether or not he had help.

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