Police: 3 Officers Killed, 7 Injured in Dallas Protests
Multiple media outlets are reporting that shots have been fired at a Dallas protest over two recent fatal police shootings.
As of 10:30 p.m. local time, Dallas Police Chief David Brown confirmed 10 officers were shot by “snipers” in all, adding that “two are in surgery and three are in critical condition,” he wrote.
Three were killed, he said.
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No suspects have been arrested.
Brown said that the suspects shot at officers from “elevated positions.”
The gunfire broke out around 8:45 p.m. Thursday local time.
Live TV video showed protesters marching along a street in downtown when the shots erupted and the crowd scattered, seeking cover.
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Scores of police and security officers were on hand.
Local TV station WFAA reported that shots were fired during protests at Belo Garden Park in Downtown Dallas.
Video footage showed a heavy police presence, as officers took cover behind vehicles on the street.
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Witnesses and police told the station appeared that the gunman used a rifle.
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The condition of the officers is not known.
Local media reports said officers were rushed to the hospital, although that wasn’t immediately confirmed by police.
A witness at the Dallas protests told KTVT: “I heard about 20 gunshots in rapid succession.”
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Hundreds of people gathered in Union Square Park in Manhattan and took to the streets to protest the recent police-related shootings of two black men. The protesters on Thursday chanted “The people united, never be divided” and “Hands up don’t shoot.” Police scrambled to keep up with the crowd as the group left the park and marched up Fifth Avenue.
A Minnesota police officer fatally shot Philando Castile while he sitting in his a car with his girlfriend and a child in a St. Paul suburb. The aftermath of the shooting was broadcast live by his girlfriend on Facebook.
One day before that, Alton Sterling was shot in Louisiana as be pinned to the pavement by two white officers, which was also captured on video.
This is a developing story; updates will follow.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.