Baton Rouge officials have identified the man who opened fire on police, killing three, as Gavin Long, 29, from Kansas City.
Long shot and killed three Baton Rouge police officers and wounded three others before being killed by police around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. The motivation behind the shooting is still unknown.
Long, who was black, was a Marine who served six months in Iraq, according to The New York Times, which cited his service record. He joined in 2005, was made a sergeant in 2008 and received a honorable discharge in 2010.
According to the Associated Press, Gavin Eugene Long filed for divorce from his wife in 2011.
Long had an active social media presence under the name Cosmo Setepenra, who referred to himself as a “spiritual adviser,” life coach and author on his website convoswithcosmos.com. He also had Twitter and Instagram profiles and some YouTube accounts. In the final tweet he posted, Long wrote “just because you shed your physical body doesn’t mean you’re dead.”
According to a video he posted on Twitter, he was in Dallas at the protest where Micah Johnson killed five police officers.
One week ago, he posted a photo on Instagram in honor of the Marines. His Instagram account has been deleted since the shooting.
“Peace, love and positivity everybody,” he greets YouTube viewers in one video where he discusses being a vegetarian.
According to The New York Times, Long made the dean’s list the one semester he was enrolled at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 2012.
He carried out the attack on his 29th birthday. According to the Associated Press, there is no evidence linking Long to any extremist movements. Police raided Long’s home in Kansas City after Sunday’s shooting.
The past few weeks in the U.S. have been marred by violence and racial tension. Baton Rouge police shot and killed a black man, Alton Sterling, on July 5th outside a convenience store. Sterling was armed and a licensed gun owner, but, according to a video posted online after the shooting, was on the ground at the time of the shooting. On July 6th, police in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, shot and killed another black licensed gun owner, Philando Castile, and his girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook. Both shootings lead to nationwide outrage and protests. At a protest on July 7th in Dallas, Micah Johnson, who had served in the Army, opened fire on police, killing five officers and wounding seven others. Johnson reportedly wanted to kill the police as payback.