VA confirms that BR ambush shooter sought medical attention after deployment

Investigators dig into the past of Gavin Long
Gavin Long (Source: Twitter)
Gavin Long (Source: Twitter)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed Wednesday that Gavin Long, the man who allegedly shot six law enforcement officers during an ambush attack in Baton Rouge, received treatment from health professionals up until 2013.

According to records, Long sought medical addition from 2008 to 2013, confirms the Veterans Health Administration. They say HIPAA laws prevent them from disclosing any additional information related to his possibly history with PTSD treatment.

Military records show that Long, a 29-year-old resident of Missouri, served as a Sergeant in the Marines and that his service did include overseas deployment.

His life after the military shifted with an online persona whereby he operated under the name "Cosmo."

Long was a former Marine and served as a Data Network Specialist. He achieved the rank of Sergeant and served from August 22, 2005 to August 21, 2010. He was deployed to Iraq from June 2008 to January 2009.

He attended the University of Alabama for a semester in 2012. The university released the following statement on Sunday confirming his attendance.

RELATED: UA: Suspected Baton Rouge gunman attended UA in 2012

Long's cousin, Kendall Fryer, has said the following in regards to the death of his cousin:

Right now me and my family are going thru alot we are so sorry those policeman lost their lives we also lost someone to Gavin is cousin he was very intelligent and he was always a people person I see all the media making him out to be something he was truly not as I said we are so sorry for those officers who lost their lives our condolences go out to the families we all are mourning and I sit here as I write you with tears rolling down my eyes Gavin is gone and so are those policeman I'm praying and asking God for direction

Investigators are currently looking into Long's activities for possible associates. They believe he was in Baton Rouge for several days before carrying out the attack.

"We are committing all resources to identify co-conspirators or facilitators," said Jeff Sallet, FBI, during a press conference held Tuesday.

The shooting happened near the B-Quik convenience store on Airline Highway and Old Hammond Highway around 8:40 a.m.

Investigators recovered three guns that are being analyzed to determine ownership history. They include an IWI Tavor SAR, 5.56 caliber rifle, Springfield XD 9, 9mm caliber pistol, and Stag Arms M4 Variant, 5.56 caliber rifle was staged at the vehicle.

The vehicle is a Chevy Malibu that was rented from Missouri. It was recovered at the scene.

Three were pronounced dead shortly after the shooting occurred on Sunday, July 17. They include Officer Matthew Gerald, 41, and Montrell Jackson, 32, from the Baton Rouge Police Department, and Deputy Brad Garafola, 45, with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.

Two law enforcement officers remain in the hospital after being wounded during an ambush attack, officials say.

Bruce Simmons, 57, remains in the Baton Rouge General Hospital after undergoing a second surgery Monday night.

Deputy Nicholas Tullier, 41, is one of five officers who were transported to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital where he remains in critical condition. He has 18 years of service with the office.

A third unnamed Baton Rouge police officer was released from the hospital.

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