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, a city already on edge following the point -blank shooting earlier this month of a black man by the police.
Military officials say Gavin Long of Kansas City, Missouri, on his 29th birthday, 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.
One of the ramblings posted on his Twitter account on July 13 read: "At what point do you stand up so that your people don't become the Native Americans . . . EXTINCT?"
His postings sometimes described violence as an answer to what he viewed as oppression of African Americans.
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