>> Hands up, don't shoot. Hands up, don't shoot.>> Graphic new video footage emerging of police shooting an armed black man in Baton Rouge on Tuesday sure to further fuel a public outcry. A word of caution: this is quite violent, and you may want to look away. This video obtained by Reuters shows a man believed to be 37-year-old Alton Sterling, pinned to the ground by two police officers and then shot, the intensity of the discharge so strong that both officers are knocked off balance.
This video is from the owner of the store's cellphone and not the store's surveillance camera, which according to local media, was confiscated by the police. The justice department wasting little time announcing on Wednesday a civil rights investigation into the fatal incident as Louisiana's Governor appeals for calm.>> I have full confidence that this matter will be investigated thoroughly, impartially and professionally.
>> The shooting, quickly sparking outrage and threatening the similar kind of fury that boiled over into violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland. This incident began Tuesday night when officers were responding to a call that Sterling, who was selling CDs, had a gun and was threatening the 911 caller.
Earlier video making the rounds on social media show no gun is immediately visible in the video. Louisiana law allows citizens over the age of 17 to carry a gun without a permit. The video also shows one of the cops pulling a gun from his holster, pointing it at Sterling's chest.
At least three gun shots ring out, followed by the sound of a woman screaming and crying and a man asking whether they shot him. The Baton Rouge Police Chief identified the two officers on Wednesday.>> Officers involved in yesterday's events with Wayne Salimony, a four year veteran with the Baton Rouge Police Department and Howie Lake, a three year veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department.
>> The shooting comes at a time of fierce national debate and heightened scrutiny over the use of excessive force by police, especially against black men, in major US cities across the country.