In a city already tense after a high-profile police shooting of an African-American man, 3 police have been shot dead and three injured in a shooting on Airline Highway near Old Hammond Highway in the state capital of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
One of the suspects was killed and two may be at large, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said.
Out of the other four officers shot, two remain in hospital, with one being in fair condition and the other in a critical state, according to WAFB and Reuters. The condition of the third policeman transported to the hospital remains unknown.
Reports have it that the shootout began in the early hours of Sunday morning on Airline Highway near Old Hammond Highway in Baton Rouge, less than one mile from police headquarters.
The dead suspect in the Baton Rouge shooting was wearing all black and was wearing a mask, Baton Rouge Police Department Sgt. Don Coppola said. Coppola said he did not know what the mask looked like, but that it was "some type of mask to conceal (the shooter's) identity."
The shooting took place at the B-Quik convenience store at a gas station, Baton Rouge police said, according to AP. The body of one of the suspects was found outside the store, at the door of a nearby fitness club. The city is on high alert following the incident.
Police reportedly have no clear picture on what started the shooting, but it seems there was a running gun fight in the area of the shopping centre and convenience store. They were first notified of the incident at about 8:45 a.m. Sunday.