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3 officers confirmed dead in Baton Rouge shooting

The reports come a week after a wave of protests against police violence in Baton Rouge.

Police officers block off a road after a shooReuters

Around 12:15 p.m. Sunday, authorities confirmed three officers are dead in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after several gunmen opened fire on police as the country remains on edge about police and community relations.

Early reports indicated that seven officers had been shot. At 1 p.m., that number dropped to six.

The victims are from Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, an official toldCNN.

A witness told WBRZ News 2 that a man dressed in black with his face covered was shooting indiscriminantly when he walked out between a convenience store and a car wash on Airline Highway around 9 a.m.

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At least one suspect is dead and two are believed at large, WAFB reported.

Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L.J. McKneely told CNN that authorities are hunting for one or several people wearing all black or army fatigues.

Several unconfirmed cell phone videos have emerged since the shooting this morning.

Baton Rouge Shooting Footage

Watch footage of the shooting in Baton Rouge in which at least three police officers were killed

Posted by Sky News on Sunday, July 17, 2016

While the scene of the shooting was contained, police warned local residents to stay away from the scene. Baton Rouge Police closed both lanes of Airline Highway near the scene of the shooting.

The reports come a week after a wave of protests against police violence in Baton Rouge and other cities after a 37-year-old father of five was shot and killed at close quarters by law enforcement officers. At one of the demonstrations in Dallas, a gunman opened fire on white officers assigned to the protest, killing five of them.

Meanwhile, three suspects were arrested in Baton Rouge last week in connection to an alleged retaliation plot that would have targeted Baton Rouge police officers following Alton Sterling's death.

There's no indication that those arrests are related to Sunday's shooting.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

 
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