Just over a week ago, law enforcement in the U.S. suffered its worst day since 9/11 when Micah Johnson shot dead five police officers in Dallas. He had expressed anger over the recent police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and wanted to kill as many white people as possible – especially police.
That was just the beginning. Another attack on police was just reported, and it’s in Baton Rouge – the city in which Alton Sterling was killed.
“Multiple officers from both agencies sustained injuries and were transported to local hospitals,” the statement said.
The shootings came after a month of violence and extraordinary tension, Five police officers were killed in Dallas on July 7 as protests erupted around the country following the deaths of two African-American men at the hands of police officers in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis.
Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola did not know the extent of the injuries or the precise number of officers injured.
He said that authorities believe the “scene is contained,” meaning that a shooter was unlikely on the loose.
A witness told WBRZ-TV, a man was dressed in black with his face covered was shooting indiscriminately when he walked out between a convenience store and car wash across from Hammond Air Plaza, according to Fox radio affiliate WJBO.
Shots were fired around 9 a.m. Sunday.
Another source (WWLTV) says that “at least three” officers were shot total.
This story is still developing, and thus the shooter and his motives are still unknown. However, given recent tensions, and the location of the shootings, it’s not difficult to guess.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter@MattPalumbo12]