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Three police officers are dead while three more are in hospital, one in critical, after a shooting in Baton Rouge
The shooter has been identified as Gavin Eugene Long, a former Marine sergeant turned ‘Alpha-preneur’ who went under the pseudonym of Cosmo Setepenra and turned 29 on the same day he ambushed cops
In a video uploaded from Dallas in the days after the shootings there, he advocated violent protests and ‘bloodshed’
Dead are Montrell Jackson, 32, Matthew Gerald, 41, and Brad Garafola, 45, all of whom were married and had kids
Nicholas Tullier, 41, is in critical condition, Bruce Simmons, 51, has been treated, a third wounded cop is unnamed
President Obama branded the shooting ‘cowardly and reprehensible’ while Donald Trump demanded ‘law and order’
Shooting of Alton Sterling by police in Baton Rouge 12 days ago sparked outrage and wave of protests across U.S.
The man who shot three police officers dead and injured three more in Baton Rouge on Sunday morning has been named as Gavin Eugene Long, a black man from Kansas City who was ‘celebrating’ his 29th birthday today.
Long opened fire on police after they were called to Airline Highway, not far from their headquarters, at around 8.30am to reports of a man dressed all in black, wearing and mask and holding an ‘AR-15 type’ assault rifle.
After shooting dead officers Montrell Jackson, 32, Matthew Gerald, 41, and Brad Garafola, 45; and wounding Nicholas Tullier, 41, Bruce Simmons, 51, and a third unidentified officer, 41, Long was pursued to a nearby convenience store where he was shot dead.
He has since been revealed as a former Marine who was honorably discharged in 2010 after achieving the rank of sergeant, before becoming a life coach and self-styled ‘Alpha-preneur’ under the name of Cosmo Setepenra.
Under the pseudonym Long pedaled his warped world view to followers through podcasts and YouTube videos, and appears to have been in Dallas a short time after the police shootings there, where he uploaded a video advocating violent protests by African Americans.
In the footage, shot before he traveled to Baton Rouge, Long said: ‘One hundred per cent of revolutions, victims fighting their oppressors, victims fighting their bullies, 100 per cent have been successful through fighting back, through bloodshed.
‘Zero have been successful by simply protesting. It has never worked and it never will. You’ve gotta fight back, that’s the only way a bully knows to quit. He doesn’t understand words.
‘If y’all wanna keep protesting but for the real ones, the serious ones, the alpha ones – we know what it’s going to take. It’s only fighting back or money. That’s all they care about. Revenue and blood. Nothing else.
‘Don’t even think about it. That’s why I don’t go to protests, because I know I speak well, I’m articulate, I can motivate, I can inspire, and those are the ones they arrest. So I know they’d try to arrest me and I know I would die right there because you’re not going to kidnap me.
‘That’s what (rebel slave) Nat Turner did. That’s what Malcolm (X) did. You’ve got to stand, you’ve got to stand on your rights.
‘Men, this is all for you. I don’t wanna see women at rallies and all that. I feel embarrassed by seeing that. Let me know what one of the elders were telling me in Africa.
‘When men would go out to fight the enemy, the one that would tell her man, if you come back here defeated, I’m killing you. You get what I’m saying. The man knew he couldn’t go home.
‘Either he killed his enemy or he die. Because the kid sees that – damn my daddy came home, he got his ass whooped. He just a b****. I’d rather have this m*********** die, at least this kid knows he stands for something’.
On his website Long claims to have lost 80lbs aged 16 after ‘self-educating’ about fitness, before spending five years in the Marines ‘as one of the Corps most physically fit recruits’, completing one tour of Iraq.
While stationed in California, he says he became ‘a highly esteemed and sought after nutritionist and personal trainer’ then attended Central Texas College and Clark Atlanta University before dropping out, selling all of his possessions and completing a trip around Africa, which he describes as his ‘ancestral homeland’.
During the trip, Long claims to have visited Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Egypt, while on Twitter claiming that he has an ‘Ethiopian Bloodline.’
Long regularly uploaded podcasts under the name Cosmo in which he teaches followers how to become ‘Alpha males’, including advice on ‘checking your women’ and ‘the power of not giving a f***’.
He also spoke with radio host Lance Scurvin, who is based in Florida, and had ranted about the death of Alton Sterling and police claims that the officers’ bodycams had fallen off during the attack, saying that police should release the footage of the cameras falling off.
In a separate video, Long revealed his previous involvement with a black power group, saying: ‘I wanted to let y’all know, because if anything happened to me – I’m an alpha male, I stand firm and I stand for mine, till the end, till the last day in this flesh.
‘Don’t affiliate me with nothing. Don’t affiliate me with the black business school. Yeah I was also a Nation of Islam member, I’m not affiliated with it. Don’t affiliate me with The Money Team.
‘I was a Christian, I was in Africa. Don’t try and say he was in Africa, don’t say he was this and that. They try to put you with ISIS or something like that. No, I’m affiliated with the spirit of justice, nothing else. Nothing more, nothing less. Make sure, there are no affiliations.
‘I thought my own thoughts, I made my own decisions, I’m the one who gotta listen to the judgement. And my heart is pure.’
From posts on several conspiracy theory websites, it also appears he believed that he was a victim of ‘gang-stalking’, a form of intense surveillance that involves all aspects of a person’s life.
Long told people on message boards that he was a ‘TI’ – meaning targeted individual – was was followed around the clock, saying he had taken to wearing cameras in order to expose those responsible.
In 2011 shortly after leaving the military Long divorced his wife, Aireyona Hill, according to Missouri court filings, which said they did not have children.
The three dead police officers have also been identified as Montrell Jackson, 32, a new father and ten-year veteran of the force, Matthew Gerald, 41, a former Marine who joined the Baton Rouge police force a year ago, and Brad Garafola, 45, a married father-of-four who had worked for the sheriff’s office for 24 years.
Nicholas Tullier, 41, an 18-year veteran, is still in hospital in critical condition, while 51-year-old Bruce Simmons, who had been with the department for 23 years, has been treated for non-life-threatening injuries. A third wounded officer, also aged 41, has not been named. All were married with families.
Jackson, 32, who welcomed a son less than a year ago, celebrated his ten-year anniversary with the Baton Rouge Police Department just last month and was once injured helping to save a toddler from a burning building, The Advocate reports.
Meanwhile Gerald was a married father-of-two who was given the go-ahead to go on solo patrol duty just 12 days ago, the same day Alton Sterling was shot dead, according to Fox News 8 New Orleans.
Gerald had celebrated his fourth wedding anniversary with wife Dechia just two weeks ago according to friends who told WWLTV that the pair had a three-year-old daughter together, and that Gerald had adopted Dechia’s older daughter from a previous marriage.
He served in the Marines and as a Blackhawk crew chief, friends said, and had signed up to become a Baton Rouge police officer just four months ago.
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