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UPDATE: Source: 7 officers shot; 3 confirmed dead in Baton Rouge shooting

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UPDATE: (CNN)-At least seven officers were injured and at least three of them are feared dead in a shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.

Police received a call of "suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle," the source said. When police arrived, the man opened fire.

The remaining officers are hospitalized in critical condition, the source said.

Kip Holden, the mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish, said authorities were still trying to get a handle on the situation, but added, "The count is three officers dead possibly."

The victims may include police officers and sheriff's deputies.

"There is still an active scene. They are investigating," he said. "Right now we are trying to get our arms around everything."

The shooter is believed to be down as well, Holden said.

"Everything is moving fast and I have not been able to verify everything," he said.


Police officers have been shot in Baton Rouge, La., and authorities have begun a search for whoever fired on them, according to news reports.

Three officers were shot at about 9 a.m. and police closed the streets between the police department’s headquarters and Interstate 12, according to WBRZ-TV.

WAFB-TV reported officers were shot along Airline Highway near Old Hammond Highway, but didn’t specify the number of police.

Numerous authorities are responding. A large manhunt began immediately, WBRZ reported.

Baton Rouge police have been under scrutiny after officers fatally shot Alton Sterling, 37, while he was pinned to the ground. Sterling’s funeral was Friday. Police have said they thought he was reaching for a gun.

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