So do we chalk this up as another Muslim terrorist attack or just another Black Lives Matter-sanctioned police murder?
Overnight, the investigation also led the FBI, Kansas City and Baton Rouge police to the Waldo Height Apartments at East 81st and Cambell streets. The apartment is about half a mile from the home.
Long was a former Marine, according to CBS News. He graduated from Grandview High School in 2005. Grandview police say Long had no arrests on his record. He got a ticket in 2003 and failed a field interview in 2005.
The University of Alabama confirms Long attended the university for a semester in 2012 and made the Dean’s List. The university says UAPD did not have any interaction with him as a student.
Long was a sergeant, according to records. He served in the military from Aug. 22, 2005 until Aug. 21, 2010.
He was awarded the Marine Corps Good Conduct medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Navy Unit Commendation Medal.
A Grandview High School classmate tells KCTV5 that Long converted to Islam three years ago. He said Long was quiet and nice.
Investigators said Long rented a white Chevy on July 12 in Kansas City and drove that to Baton Rouge, opening fire on his birthday.
Neighbors in the area have mixed reactions. To some, Long is remembered as the kid who grew up next door. To others, he didn’t stand out.
Carl Bellew, a former neighbor, told KCTV5 he was stunned after it was revealed Long was the suspect in the case.
“I don’t know what to say,” he said. “A good dog can get rabies, so anything is possible.”
Bellew thought of Long’s parents.
“Everybody lost something today…again,” he said shaking his again.
Gee, we hope Obama can untangle the mystery this time.
In 2011 Long divorced his wife, Aireyona Hill, according to Missouri court filings, which said they did not have children. The Kansas City Star reported that it had published the couple’s marriage announcement in July 2009. Online postings indicated that Long had spent a prolonged period in Africa in 2015, apparently spending time in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Egypt.
Appearing to pre-empt public questions about his motivations, Long told viewers in one video clip that “if anything happens to me”, he should not be viewed as affiliated with organized groups despite past membership of the Nation of Islam and others.
If he belonged to the Tea Party we’d already hear calls for it being banned. But the NOI? Everyone yawns.