Locals respond to Baton Rouge shooting

Locals respond to Baton Rouge shooting

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - On Sunday three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana were shot and killed and three officers are wounded.

This comes less than two weeks after Alton Sterling was shot and killed by police in Baton Rouge.  It has not been determined if there is connection to the incidents.

With the gun violence going on nationwide towards both law enforcement and civilians, locals in Charleston are reacting to the shootings.

Tony Smith said he was in church when he heard the news.

"Worshipping there with some friends and the news alert came across my phone and immediately I was saddened in a time where I should have been rejoicing," Smith said.

Many say they are sad and once again shocked. They say the violence has to stop.

"I think working on respecting one another regardless of race, creed religion orientation whatever. I think it's something that is necessary if we want to see our country improve. We need to give respect and trust one another," Smith said.

President Obama responded saying attacks on police are an attacks on all of us while also calling for unity.

"I have family members who are in law enforcement, and it saddens me to know that whenever they go out on the road, out on various calls or just on daily patrol they're lives are in jeopardy," Smith said. "Thankfully we have not seen that behavior here, but it could come."

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