Reporters at The Kansas City Star on Sunday immediately began searching for connections when it was reported that the main suspect in the killing of three Baton Rouge police officers was from Kansas City.
One link led to a modest house on a quiet street in the southern part of town, where Gavin Eugene Long is thought to have lived. Long, who apparently graduated from Grandview High School in 2005 and then served in the U.S. Marine Corps until 2010, was listed as having lived at 1166 E. 77th Terrace on a tidy block not far west of the Paseo since about 2012.
I parked in front of the one-story house about 4:15 p.m. Sunday. A television news crew arrived immediately after me.
The porch and yard clearly indicated the house was occupied, probably by a family with children.
I knocked on the wooden door and saw movement inside, I think it was a woman. After a moment I knocked again and a man showed his face through the window. I asked, “Does Gavin Long live here?” The man indicated he had nothing to say. I asked again, “Does Gavin Long live here?” He said, “No” and turned away.
I asked, “Do you know him?” Then he came back to the door, opened it, and displayed a long gun in his right arm, pointed upward. He did not point the gun at me or anyone else, but again indicated he had nothing to say.
I said, OK, turned and walked away, as did the TV crew behind me on the walkway. We both drove away. The man had shut the door by then.
After calling in to the newsroom I called the media line for KCPD dispatchers to alert them what had happened and that other news reporters were beginning to arrive. The dispatcher said she would alert the proper officers.