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BREAKING: Up to EIGHT police officers have been shot at a shopping centre in Louisiana

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
The scene of the shooting in Baton Rouge
The scene of the shooting in Baton Rouge

UP to eight police officers have been shot at a shopping centre in Baton Rouge in the US state of Louisiana.

Three of those shot are in a critical condition, local media is reporting.

A witness told WBRZ News 2, a man was dressed in black with his face covered shooting indiscriminately when he walked out between a convenience store and car wash across from Hammond Air Plaza. 

Shots were fired around 9am local time.

Police are currently dealing with an active shooter situation, mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish Kip Holden said.

"There is still an active scene. They are investigating," Holden told CNN. "Right now we are trying to get our arms around everything. It's just been one thing after another,"

The shooting happened less than one 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

More to follow.