At least two snipers opened fire on police officers during protests in Dallas today, killing several police officers, according to reports. Here are 8 things that we know so far.
As demonstrators peacefully marched across the country in protest against the police shootings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, the protests in Dallas, Texas, were abruptly interrupted by gunfire.
At least two snipers opened fire on police officers during protests in Dallas today, killing several police officers, according to reports. Here are 8 things that we know so far:
1) The gunfire broke out around 8:45 pm local time.
2) Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters that the snipers fired “ambush style” upon the officers.
3) A suspect who was in a shootout with Dallas SWAT officers was is in custody and a person of interest had surrendered. They said a suspicious package was being secured by a bomb squad.
4) Video footage from the scene shows that protesters were marching along a street in downtown, about half a mile from City Hall, when the shots erupted and the crowd scattered, seeking cover.
5) Public transportation was quickly shut down after the shooting and the protests were peaceful besides the shooting.
6) The search for the gunman stretched throughout downtown, an area of hotels, restaurants, businesses and some residential apartments.
7) The scene was chaotic, with helicopters hovering overhead and officers with automatic rifles on the street corners.
8) The gunshots in Dallas came amid protests nationwide over the recent police shootings.
(With inputs from PTI & AP)