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Baton Rouge Murderer Possibly Identified

Multiple sources are identifying the person who shot and killed three LEOs this morning in Baton Rouge, LA this morning as one Gavin Eugene Long. Long, a black male in his mid- to late 20s, is reportedly a former Marine who went by the name Cosmo Setepenra. He is a former Nation of Islam member who claimed to have been living in Africa for approximately two years.

Long's status as a suspect has not been confirmed by law enforcement, as best we can tell.

On his Twitter account, in which he referred to himself frequently in the third person, Long described himself as a number of things, including “Alpha Preneur” and “Freedom Strategist.”

One section of Long's website says the following.

While in Africa, Cosmo’s spiritual journey took him across Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Ghana and Burkina Faso. During that time he frequented the highly treasured and revered mountainous regions of Africa and was taught by Africa’s native spiritual practitioners and elder holistic healers.

According to CBS News, Long left the Marine Corps in 2010 with an honorable discharge and is originally from Kansas City. Their sources allege he rented a vehicle in Kansas City last week and drove to Baton Rouge. There he allegedly engaged responding BRPD police officers and EBRSO deputies with gunfire, striking six and killing three. He was killed in the exchange, his body left in place until an Explosive Ordnance Disposal robot could be used to check it for explosives.

“For the second time in two weeks, police officers who put their lives on the line for ours every day were doing their job when they were killed in a cowardly and reprehensible assault. These are attacks on public servants, on the rule of law, and on civilized society, and they have to stop.” President Barack Obama

This is the alleged killer in a recent YouTube post. You can locate his website here. His Facebook account is no longer active, though his Instagram account (@convoswithcosmo).

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