Authorities are said to have a person of interest, a 23-year-old white man, in custody following the fatal shootings of two black men last week

Police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, said on Sunday there was a “strong possibility” that the killings of two black men last week were racially motivated.

Police say the shootings happened about five miles from each other. The first occurred on Tuesday when 59-year-old Bruce Cofield, who was homeless, was shot dead. The second happened on Thursday when 49-year-old Donald Smart was shot while walking to work.

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