One suspect is dead and others may be at large, according to the sheriff’s office. Authorities are asking the public to call 911 o r local law enforcement agencies immediately if they see anything suspicious.
The gunman was shot, a Louisiana State Police spokesman said. Authorities believe two others may be at large.
“Rest assured, every resource available to the state of Louisiana will be used to ensure the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a tweet that called the attack unspeakable and unjustified.
Two hospitals in Baton Rouge are on lockdown with police guarding the facilities with officers checking vehicles trying to enter the facility.
The officers were shot early Sunday – and – as of 9:30 a.m. – a manhunt was on for the suspect or suspects.
A witness told WBRZ-TV that a man was dressed in black with his face covered shooting indiscriminately when he walked out between a convenience store and car wash across from Hammond Air Plaza. Police closed the streets between the police department’s headquarters and Interstate 12.
Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statement on the attack. “This is an unspeakable and unjustified attack on all of us at a time when we need unity and healing,” he said.
Earlier, Baton Rouge Police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola confirmed that several officers were shot by gunfire, The Advoate reported. East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies may have also been among those shot, Coppola said.
Kip Holden, mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish, told CNN that “three officers are feared dead.”
“They are investigating,” he said. “Right now we are trying to get our arms around everything.”
In a statement, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said the shooting unfolded at about 9 a.m. Sunday in the vicinity of the Hammond Aire Plaza on Airline Highway. Officers responded to the scene from both the sheriff’s office and the Baton Rouge Police Department.
“Multiple officers from both agencies sustained injuries and were transported to local hospitals,” the statement said.