Man to be charged in two racially motivated murders, third attack

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"You feel the tension everywhere you go", Bryan Mitchell said after walking out of a convenience store near where the homeless man was killed.

On Monday, interim police chief Jonny Dunnam said in a text message that investigators "still don't know for sure what the possible motive is".

Authorities said ballistics tests determined that the same gun was used in all three shootings.

Baton Rouge Police spokesman Sergeant L'Jean McKneely would not say if the killings were racially motivated, but added, "We're not completely closed off to that". About two weeks later, a black gunman targeted police in an ambush, killing three officers and wounding three before he was shot to death.

Once the victims were on the ground, Moore said, the assailant got out of the auto and shot them again several times.

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The shootings happened about five miles from each other.

During the search of Gleason's home, authorities also found 9 grams of marijuana and vials of human growth hormone, according to police. Also, they said DNA found on one of the shell casings matched genetic material on a swab they took from Gleason.

As reported by The Advocate, Gleason was named a person of interest last week in the killings of 59-year-old Bruce Cofield on September 12, and 49-year-old Donald Smart last Thursday.

September 13, 2017 - Gleason allegedly shoots Donald Smart, 49, 10 times on Alaska Street near Smart's employer, Louie's Café.

He described Cofield as a smart man who had been homeless for at least a year.

"Baton Rouge has been through a lot of turmoil in the past year".

Gleason didn't appear to have any active social media profiles.

Gleason was able to bounce in and out of police custody all weekend.

Baton Rouge residents are encouraged to send the postcards to out-of-town family and friends and invite them to come and experience their hometown this fall or winter.



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