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Latest: Police involved in standoff with fourth suspect in Dallas downtown shooting. Five police officers died.
Three police officers and one DART officer “have been killed and several others were injured after shots were fired in downtown Dallas,” Claire Cardona, breaking news producer reports for the Dallas Morning News after shootings in downtown Dallas during a rally and march on Thursday night. Another police officer has died after a shooting at a protest in downtown Dallas, the Police Department tweeted. At least two snipers targeted 11 officers and one civilian from elevated positions during the protests in downtown about the recent deaths of African-American citizens, in which the police officers of Louisiana and Minnesota were involved.
Dallas police Chief David Brown confirmed at about 8:58 p.m., “at least two snipers shot 11 officers and one civilian from elevated positions during the rally in downtown.” Dallas Morning News says, “Two officers were in surgery earlier in the night and three were in critical condition,” police said. Three other DART officers were wounded, “but their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, said Morgan Lyons, a spokesman for DART.”
Reuters news agency publishing details of the information by the Dallas police on the shootings says, “Some of the victims were shot in the back.” Some were shot in the back,” Chief David O. Brown of Dallas police said. “We believe that these suspects were positioning themselves in a way to triangulate on these officers.” A civilian was also wounded, the New York Times reports.
Police confirmed one suspect whom they had engaged in a shootout had been arrested and a bomb squad unit was looking at a suspicious packaged, though there was no information on the arrest of the second sniper. Another person had turned himself in, but no words about the arrest of the second sniper.
“Our worst nightmare has happened,” Mike Rawlings, mayor of the Texas city, told a news conference. “It is a heartbreaking moment for the city of Dallas,” Reuters reported.
The shooting unfolded when peaceful protests erupted in different parts in the U.S. after shooting of Philando Castile, 32 by police near St.Paul, Minnesota. His girlfriend posted live video on Facebook of the bloody scene minutes afterward, which was widely viewed.
Link to video posted from live stream on Facebook account of a Dallas resident, in which multiple shoots can be heard across the corner of the city intersection in downtown Dallas.
Link to video from the reported shooter.