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Louisiana shooting: Cops looking for 2 gunmen believed to be still at large

Police authorities are seeking more than one suspect?after a shooting of police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US. Photograph: (Reuters)

Reuters Baton Rouge, LA, United States Jul 17, 2016, 05.22 PM (IST)
Three police officers were shot to death and several others wounded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday. One suspect is dead and police are checking the shooting scene with a robot to make sure there are no explosives, Baton Rouge Police spokesman L'Jean Mckneely said.

Police are looking for two suspected surviving shooters, and the injured cops were reported to be in critical condition, according to AFP.

Police told reporters that authorities are seeking more than one suspect and said the public should be on the lookout for people dressed in black and carrying long guns. WBRZ television reported a witness describing a man dressed in black with his face covered who started shooting indiscriminately.

Earlier, a spokesman for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said police and sheriff's deputies were involved in the shooting incident, which occurred around 9am local time (1400 GMT). He said there were no firm numbers on the number hurt or the extent of injuries.

While the scene of the shootings was contained, police warned residents to stay away from the area, near Airline Highway, which is a mile from the Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters, where dozens of protesters were arrested earlier this month.

President Obama briefed

A White House official said President Barack Obama has been briefed on the shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge and will be updated throughout the day. The official added that the White House has also been in contact with local officials and has offered assistance.

(Reuters)
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