July 7, 2016, 11 PM, CST – Chaos in Dallas. During a Black Lives Matter protest, three police officers have been shot and killed by snipers, with seven others wounded, three in critical condition.
The protest was in response to recent cop-involved shootings in other parts of the country.
Three officers are dead, and at least seven others are injured in downtown Dallas Thursday, Dallas Police Chief David Brown says.
The entire statement follows:
“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. An intensive search for suspects is currently underway. No suspects are in custody at this time. We ask that any citizen with information regarding the shootings tonight call 214-671-3482.”
“We will provide more information once it is available. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers tonight.”
DART says one of its officers has been killed, and three others have non-life threatening injuries.
The gunshots rang out about 9 p.m. following a protest and rally held over two people killed in police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota this week. The shootings took place as the rally and march were ending.
Scores of police officers arrived downtown following the shooting, which took place near Main and Market streets and a block from the Old Red Courthouse building.
Officers could be seen taking cover, and video from the scene showed people running from the sound of the gunshots. There is no word on whether any civilians have been shot.
At 10 p.m. NBC 5’s Cory Smith reported that Dallas police believe they have a gunman confined to a building and are currently negotiating with that person.