3 Police Officers Shot, Killed in Southern US City of Baton Rouge
A former U.S. Marine has been identified as the gunman who shot and killed three police officers and wounded three others Sunday morning in the southern U.S. city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Military officials say 29-year-old Gavin Long of Kansas City, Missouri was the masked gunman who opened fire on the officers with an assault rifle. He served in the Marines from 2005 to 2010, earning the rank of sergeant. Long was deployed to Iraq from 2008 to 2009. He was killed in the shootout with police.
A fourth officer, a deputy sheriff, remains in critical condition after undergoing emergency surgery. Two other officers received hospital treatment for non-life threatening wounds.
Authorities offered no immediate evidence that police were targeted in the shootings. State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson said the investigation is ongoing "with a lot of moving parts." He did not rule out the possibility the shooter had one or more accomplices who remain at large.
Republicans Open Convention With Focus on Security, Immigration
By the end of this week, the Republican Party will have officially nominated Donald Trump as its presidential candidate and presented its opening shot in the general election race that culminates with U.S. voters making their choice on November 8.
Monday's opening day of the party's convention in Cleveland, Ohio is focused on national security and immigration.
Speakers include former Governor of border state Texas Rick Perry, the mother of an American killed in Benghazi, Libya, several immigration reform advocates, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and Trump's wife, Melania.
In an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes broadcast Sunday night, Trump answered a question about the state of the world with an answer that is a likely preview of criticisms that will be directed this week at President Barack Obama and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
"We need strength," Trump said. "Obama's weak, Hillary's weak. And part of it is, a big part of it, we need law and order. We need strong borders."
Trump has proposed building a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border as well as banning Muslims from entering the country. He softened slightly on the Muslim ban in Sunday's interview, suggesting he would focus more on people's country of origin.
"There are territories and terror states and terror nations that we're not gonna allow the people to come into our country. And we're gonna have a thing called "extreme vetting."