BREAKING: News conference regarding Baton Rouge shooting

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A news conference will air on ABC at approximately 3 p.m. CST regarding the shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge Sunday morning.

Three police officers are dead and and three others injured after a shooting Sunday morning in the Old Hammond area of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, officials said.

One suspect is also dead, but police believe two others may be at large, according to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. The incident started at 8:45 a.m. when officers responded to a 911 call reporting that someone was walking around with a gun.

The Louisiana State Police Department is in charge of the shooting investigation, but dozens of federal agents are involved as well, including 20 ATF agents. Canines have also been employed in the investigation.

Louisiana Gov. Jon Bel Edwards suggested in a statement released via social media that multiple people may have been possibly involved in either the planning or execution of the attack.

"This is an unspeakable and unjustified attack on all of us at a time when we need unity and healing," the governor said. "Rest assured, every resource available to the state of Louisiana will be used to ensure the perpetrators are brought swiftly to justice."

The situation is ongoing, and one suspect is "down," police said. Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola told The Associated Press that authorities believe the "scene is contained."

President Obama condemned the shooting, saying there is no justification for attacks on law enforcement and linking the shooting to the killing in Dallas 10 days ago of five police officers.

"For the second time in two weeks, police officers who put their lives on the line for ours every day were doing their job when they were killed in a cowardly and reprehensible assault," he said. "These are attacks on public servants, on the rule of law, and on civilized society, and they have to stop."

Five police officers were taken to Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center in Baton Rouge on Sunday morning, hospital spokeswoman Kelly Zimmerman said. Three of them died, one remains in critical condition and another is in fair condition, she said.

The shooting of police less than two weeks after Alton Sterling died in a police shooting in Baton Rouge that was captured on videotape and sparked protests around the country. Four days ago, Cameron Sterling, the 15-year-old son of Alton, called on the city’s residents to "protest in peace."

The killing of the Baton Rouge officers also comes just 10 days after Micah Xavier Johnson, a sniper, fired upon a group of police officers at a protest in Dallas, killing five and wounding seven.

The FBI released a statement through its New Orleans field office saying that "the FBI New Orleans Division has personnel on scene in Baton Rouge to assist our law enforcement colleagues. At this time, our focus is to help identify and bring to justice those who are responsible for this heinous act."

The Department of Homeland Security released a statement on the shootings saying that they are "in contact with the FBI, Baton Rouge law enforcement, and our fusion center partners there, and the Secretary has directed that the full weight of the Department’s resources be made available."

Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center in Baton Rouge spokeswoman Kelly Zimmerman said the medical center received five patients, all of whom were police officers. Three of them died, one was in critical condition and another was in fair condition, she said.

The shooting of police in Baton Rouge today comes four days after Cameron Sterling, the 15-year-old son of Alton Sterling, a black man who was killed by police on July 5, told Baton Rouge residents to "protest in peace," and 10 days after Micah Xavier Johnson, a sniper, fired upon a group of police officers at a protest in Dallas, killing five and wounding seven.

But in the wake of the shooting of Sterling, there have been calls to "rage" or "purge" police in Baton Rouge. ABC News has obtained a warning issued by the FBI‘s New Orleans field office discussing "threats to law enforcement and potential threats to the safety of the general public. The threats stem from an officer involved shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on 5 July 2016."

On Friday, a 12-year-old was reportedly arrested in Baton Rouge for allegedly plotting to kill police with stolen handguns.

Police in Boston and New York were placed on high alert in response to the shooting.

"Cops can never say ‘it’s too much to bear’ even when it is, because safety — public’s & ours — is paramount," NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said in a statement that was released on Twitter. "We are monitoring Baton Rouge."

Obama addressed the issue of relations between police and communities in an ABC News town hall event on Thursday.

"I don’t want a generation of young people to grow up thinking either that they have to mistrust the police or alternatively, that the police who are doing a good job and out there — that they’re constantly at risk not just from criminals but also because the community mistrusts them," he said.

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(ABC) — At least two police officers are dead and and several are injured after a shooting in the Old Hammond area of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, officials said.

The number of officers who were shot and the extent of their injuries is unknown, according to Mayor Kip Holden.

The shooting began at 8:45 a.m. local time, and the conditions on the ground are unclear at this time, according to police.

Holden told ABC News that police were responding to reports of shots fired when someone opened fire on them,

The situation is ongoing, and one suspect is "down," police said, and Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola told the Associated Press that authorities believe the "scene is contained."

A local hospital confirmed to ABC News that they are dealing with a multiple casualty event.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.