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Baton Rouge shooter was student at Clark Atlanta University

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(WXIA) The man who was killed after he shot two police officers and a sheriff's deputy in Baton Rouge attended college in Atlanta for a short time. 

Clark Atlanta University sent out a statement Monday morning confirming Gavin Long was briefly enrolled in classes during the 2012-2013 school year. 

"Clark Atlanta University mourns the tragic deaths of three police officers in Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday, July 17.  Our prayers are with the families and communities in Baton Rouge—and Dallas—who have suffered tremendous loss, as well as those who were seriously injured.  We also continue to grieve for the families of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Philando Castile in Minneapolis, and all who have suffered because of violence.

Records indicate that suspected shooter Gavin Eugene Long was briefly enrolled in Clark Atlanta University during the 2012-13 academic year.  The University categorically denounces this heinous act as it transgresses the institution’s core values and the very underpinnings of our institutional mission."

Louisiana state police said Long fatally shot three police officers in Baton Rouge and was "certainly seeking out police," the Louisiana state police said Monday. Three other officers were wounded. 

“His movements, his direction, his attention was on police officers," said Col. Michael Edmonson, superintendent of state police.

Long most recently lived in Kansas City. He's a former Marine who turned 29 on Sunday, the day of the shooting. He was a data network specialist in the Marines, where he held the rank of sergeant. He served eight months in Iraq, starting in the summer of 2008.

Investigators say Long's motivation wasn't immediately clear. 11Alive partners at USA Today report investigators are looking at Long's possible links to black separatist groups.

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