Everything We Know About Baton Rouge, La., Shooter Gavin Eugene Long

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In the early-morning hours of Sunday, the nation was rocked by yet another shooting in Baton Rouge, La.

A gunman—identified as Gavin Eugene Long, who turned 29 on the day of the shooting—shot six law-enforcement officials, killing three, before he was shot and killed himself. As more and more details about the case slowly emerge, so do details of who the shooter was.


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Below is everything we currently know about Long.

Long Was a Marine for Five Years

Like the Dallas shooter, Micah Johnson, Long was also a veteran of the military. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years and while there achieved the rank of sergeant. Long was deployed to Iraq in June 2008 before returning home in January 2009, the Los Angeles Times reports. While serving, he received several honors, including the Navy Unit Commendation Medal and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal.

Long was honorably discharged from the Marines in August 2010.

Long Is Believed to Have Intentionally Targeted Officers

Officials say that Long deliberately attacked law enforcement, calling the incident an “ambush.”

“We do believe that he was targeting police officers,” Maj. M. Doug Cain, spokesman for the Louisiana State Police, said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “This incident was an ambush.”

“There’s no doubt in my mind. He was canvassing the area … his prey was those police officers,” Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Michael D. Edmonson told CNN, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In the attack, Baton Police Officers Montrell Jackson, 32, and Matthew Gerald, 41, were killed. Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Garafola, 45, was also killed. Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas Tullier, 41, was left in critical condition after the shooting, while Deputy Bruce Simmons, 51, and an unidentified Baton Rouge officer escaped the attack with non-life-threatening injuries.

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