Developing: 2 Snipers Reportedly Shot 11 Police Officers Following Dallas Protest, 5 Confirmed Dead


Several police officers were shot this evening following a protest in response to the over fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

As of this writing, a total of 11 officers have been shot. 5 are confirmed dead, 3 are reportedly in critical condition and two are in surgery.

The condition of the remaining two is unknown, however we’re going to assume that if they’ve been shot they’re also injured.

Update: Three suspects are in custody.

via AP:

The gunfire broke out around 8:45 p.m. Thursday. Live TV video showed protesters marching along a street in downtown, about half a mile from City Hall, when the shots erupted and the crowd scattered, seeking cover. There was no immediate word on whether anyone had been injured.

Scores of police and security officers were on hand. Police and others hunched behind cars outside a parking garage. Officers with guns drawn were running near and into the parking garage as police searched for the shooter. 

TV cameras showed the search for the gunman stretched throughout downtown, an area of hotels, restaurants, businesses and some residential apartments. The scene was chaotic, with helicopters hovering overhead and officers with automatic rifles on the street corners.

An Associated Press reporter at the scene saw officers entering an Omni hotel building on the southwest side of downtown. TV cameras also showed officers carrying shield going into a bank building.

A police dispatcher reached by the AP had no immediate comment. A spokesman for the mayor said he no information he could share. Firefighters and police at the scene were keeping people away; dozens of police cars with their lights lit up were there.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Lonny Haschel said DPS has “no information at all” about situation. He said the agency has not been asked to assist.

Brittany Peete, a demonstrator, said she didn’t hear the gunshots, but she “saw people rushing back toward me saying there was an active shooter.”

Peete said she saw a woman trip and nearly get trampled as people ran to get to safety.

“Everyone just started running,” Devante Odom, 21, told The Dallas Morning News. “We lost touch with two of our friends just trying to get out of there.”

Carlos Harris, who lives downtown told the newspaper that the shooters “were strategic. It was tap tap pause. Tap tap pause.”

Story developing…

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