Five policemen have died and 12 total were shot in a sniper attack in Dallas during a “Black Lives Matter” demonstration, and it’s being called the worst attack on law enforcement since 9/11.
Here’s what happened.
The shooting spree began with multiple shooters targeting police – initial reports began with two shot, and just kept climbing. Social media went crazy with videos and pictures of what happened – here’s one of the worst that captures audio of the gunfire:
I am so scared. pic.twitter.com/jw88QnKGXG
— Allison (@allisongriz) July 8, 2016
The Associated Press described the rest:
The shooting began about 8:45 p.m. Thursday while hundreds of people were gathered to protest the fatal police shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota. Brown told reporters the snipers fired “ambush style” on the officers. A civilian was also wounded, Rawlings said.
Brown said it appeared the shooters “planned to injure and kill as many officers as they could.” Video from the scene showed protesters marching along a downtown street about half a mile from City Hall when shots erupted and the crowd scattered, seeking cover.
…Police Chief David Brown blamed “snipers” and said three suspects were in custody while a fourth had exchanged gunfire with authorities in a parking garage downtown and told negotiators he intended to hurt more law enforcement officials.
Early Friday, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said the fourth suspect had died.
“We don’t exactly know the last moments of his death but explosives did blast him out,” Rawlings told The Associated Press.
He said police swept the area where the standoff took place and found no explosives.
Police did not identify any of the suspects or mention a possible motive.
We know very little about the suspects, but it’s believed by many that they were a part of the “Black Lives Matter” protest, since they exclusively targeted police, and the attack began during the protest.
Here’s the latest on the terrible attack:
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