Published July 17, 2016
DEVELOPING --Several officers have been shot in Baton Rouge while on duty Sunday, according to reports.
The shooting happened early Sunday, less than 1 mile from police headquarters.
Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola did not know the extent of the injuries or the precise number of officers injured.
He said that authorities believe the "scene is contained," meaning that a shooter was unlikely on the loose.
A witness told WBRZ-TV, a man was dressed in black with his face covered was shooting indiscriminately when he walked out between a convenience store and car wash across from Hammond Air Plaza, according to Fox radio affiliate WJBO.
Shots were fired around 9 a.m. Sunday.
Fox8 Live reported that police were responding to a report of officers shot.
Multiple agencies are responding to the scene, the station reported.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development reported the area was closed to traffic.
The city has seen protests since the death of Alton Sterling , 37, was shot and killed July 5 as he wrestled with two white police officers outside the convenience store in a Baton Rouge, La., suburb where he sold music and movies on compact discs. Police say he was armed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.