The man who killed three Baton Rouge police officers on July 17 was identified as Kansas City native Gavin Eugene Long, who was fatally shot by police shortly after his killing spree. Find out more about the shooter here.
Police were able to capture and kill Gavin Eugene Long before he could continue his fatal shooting spree in Baton Rouge on July 17, but not before he took the lives of three police officers and critically injure three others. The 29-year-old shooter was originally from Kansas City, Missouri.
1. He was a Missourian who seemingly didn’t have a criminal record.
As of the evening of the shooting, nothing had been reported regarding Gavin’s criminal history. His motive for killing the officers — two of whom have been identified as new father Montrell Jackson, 32, and former marine Matthew Gerald, 41 — is still being investigated.
2. His murderous rampage was on his birthday.
Gavin was born on July 17, 1987, which means that he turned 29 on the same day that he killed the innocent officers. How terrible.
3. He was a former marine.
It’s unclear how long he was in the Marines, but a military source told CBS News that he was honorably discharged in 2010. During his time serving, he achieved the ranking of E-5 (sergeant).
4. He had an online persona under a fake name.
In his free time, Gavin was a “lifestyle guru” on YouTube, using the pseudonym Cosmo Setepenra. In his podcasts, Gavin advised his followers on the importance of “checking your woman” and “how to be an Alpha male,” according to Daily Mail.
5. He may have been secretly out to kill police officers.
Along with his lifestyle videos, CBS reported that Gavin had also shared videos about police protests and oppression, which could have been foreshadowing to his killing spree. One video even said that protests were pointless and the only choice left is “bloodshed.” Although authorities initially went searching for two other suspects besides Gavin, it was confirmed that he was the only gunman.
HollywoodLifers, send your thoughts to the loved ones of the Baton Rouge officers who lost their lives from this horrible incident.