Breakng News!!:Downtown Dallas, TX: Shots fired during a protest march over police violence.
A peaceful protest against over police violence turns into panic and chaos after shots were fired at the crowd in Downtown Dallas, Texas.
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Videos posted online showed shots breaking out during the protest march.
Crowds of people who were in a protest march ran for safety as law enforcement officers who were following the protest march began to move into the area of where shots fired.
Witenesses are saying that they heard multiple “rapid” gunshots fire.
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Authorities began searching for an “Active Shooter” in the area, checking motels and parking structures, well bus and train service in the area was shut down and people told to stay inside or keep out of the area.
According to the Dallas Police Chief David Brown, “Tonight it appears that two snipers shot ten police officers from elevated positions during the protest/rally. Three officers are deceased, two are in surgery and three are in critical condition.”
Authorities are saying that a citizen was also injured in the attack.
Authorities intensive search for suspects is currently underway and no suspects are in custody at this time.
Authorities are ask that any citizen with information regarding the shootings tonight call: 1 (214) 671-3482.
Just before 11:00pm MT, Dallas Police Chief Brown said an 11th officer was injured in a shootout with one of the snipers.
According to Dallas Police Chief David Brown, “We believe that these suspects were positioning themselves to triangulate on our officers and planned to injure and kill as many law enforcement officers as they could.”
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings called the shooting Dallas’ “worst nightmare” at a press conference while both suspects were still at large.
“Let’s all come together and support our police officers,” sais Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.
The ATF and FBI have joined the investigation, and Chief Brown said agents are searching downtown for the possibility that there may be a bomb planted in the area.
Dallas police released a picture of a man whom they consider a “person of interest” in the shootings.
The man, whose identity has not been released, surrendered to police for questioning.
A person who identified himself as the brother of the man in the release picture is telling local media that his brother had nothing to do with the shooting.
According to Dallas Police, a person was taken into custody at about 11:30pm MT following an exchange of gunfire with Dallas SWAT officers.
Authorities say that the shooting suspect advises “the end is near and he will hurt more police officers” and “there are multiple bombs in the area.”
A suspicious package was located near that person, and the package is being investigated by bomb squad personnel.
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Dallas Police Chief believes that several people were involved in the attack.
Authorities are saying that the scene is still active and a standoff is happening with a possible suspect.
Most of the Downtown Dallas, Texas area in which the shooting occured will remain closed overnight as the investigation continues.
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