Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Baton Rouge Police Shooting Gunman Gavin Long Had 2 Rifles, 1 Handgun: Police
Ted Jackson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
July 18, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Gavin Long, the 29-year-old Kansas City, Mo. man accused of shooting six police officers on Sunday in Baton Rouge had three guns at the scene, State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson said Monday (July 18).

The three weapons have been recovered by officials, who are investigating where they came from.

Surveillance images show Long walking with a IWI Tavor SAR 5.56-millimeter rifle, Edmonson said. He also had a Springfield XD 9-millimeter pistol.

Another rifle, a Stag Arms M4 variant 5.56-millimeter, was waiting in his car, Edmonson said.

Long moved around several buildings over a 300- to 400-yard crime scene as the shooting unfolded, Edmonson said at a press conference. He initially parked to the south of the B-Quik mart and approached a Baton Rouge police car parked there but saw there were no officers inside.

Long got back in his car -- a rented Chevrolet Malibu from Missouri -- drove a short distance down Airline Highway and parked to the north of the B-Quik, near a Fitness Expo, Edmonson said. Long had seen an officer vacuuming his car at a Benny's Car Wash in that area.

Gavin Long used "tactical" strategies to attack Baton Rouge police officers, weaving in between several different buildings as he shot six officers on Sunday.

Long then worked his way on foot around the stores in the area, killing three officers before he headed back toward his car, Edmonson said. There, he encountered East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputy Nicholas Tullier running the license plate on the Malibu and shot him as well as a responding Baton Rouge Police Department officer.

Tullier remained in critical condition as of Monday afternoon.

A Baton Rouge Police SWAT officer shot and killed Long in that area soon after, from a distance of 100 yards away, Edmonson said.

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