BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - For the first time Monday, officials painted a detailed picture showing exactly what happened when a shooter ambushed law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday morning.
Col. Mike Edmonson with the Louisiana State Police used large pictures of the crime scene to walk reporters through the shooting that claimed the lives of three law enforcement officers and injured three others.
Officers Matthew Gerald and Montrell Jackson with the Baton Rouge Police Department and Deputy Brad Garafola with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Department were killed in the shooting.
Deputy Nicholas Tullier remains in critical condition.
Officer Bruce Simmons and another sheriff's deputy were injured in the shooting and are in stable condition. Simmons is still in the hospital, but we have learned the other deputy has been released.
Edmonson said 29-year-old Gavin Long was armed with three firearms when he attacked officers near the B-Quik gas station on Airline Hwy. Investigators initially thought there could be more than one shooter, but Edmonson said they are now confident Long acted alone.
In addition to aerial views of the crime scene, Edmonson also showed pictures of Long captured on surveillance cameras from surrounding businesses.
"It is chilling in the sheer brutality of the shooting," Edmonson said of the surveillance videos. "There is no doubt whatsoever that these officers were intentionally targeted and assassinated."
Edmonson said investigators believe Long was in Baton Rouge for several days prior to the attack. He said authorities are now working to determine if he was in contact with someone in the area. Long reportedly used social media extensively.
Edmonson asked that anyone with details about Long or his possible motives call 1-800-CALL-FBI to report information.