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#Texas_Crime : Snipers Shoot 11 Officers of Dallas police, 4 Dead

Authorities are currently in negotiations with a suspect in downtown Dallas, and the suspect is shooting at police from the El Centro garage. Chief David Brown said that plans are being drawn up to end the siege. "As soon as I'm done here I'll be presented with those plans," Brown said. The suspect "told our negotiators that the end is coming and that he is going to hurt and kill more of us and that there are bombs all over the garage and downtown. So we are being very careful with our tactics."

Police have rounded up several suspects who left the scene, and are questioning them. "We still don't have complete comfort level that we have all the suspects," Brown said. Those suspects are not cooperating, Brown said.

Mayor Mike Rawlings said that large sections of downtown Dallas will be sealed off as a crime scene. The closures will be listed on

"It is a heartbreaking morning," Rawlings said.

Update 11:25 p.m.: 

Eleven officers from the Dallas Police Department and Dallas Area Rapid Transit were wounded,two three DPD and one DART officer fatally, DPD Chief David Brown said at a brief City Hall news conference.

At least two shooters from separate elevated positions above the demonstration site opened fire, Brown said.

One of the suspects is cornered in the El Centro College parking garage, and officers are attempting to negotiate his surrender now.

Brown released this photo of a man he described as "a person of interest" and asked anyone with information about the man to call 214-671-3482.


Update 11:15 p.m.:

Reporter Stephen Young's parents live downtown above the location of tonight's deadly police shooting and captured the sounds of rapid, sustained gunfire in this video:
"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.

Update 10:10 p.m.: 

The scene was chaotic when the shots broke out shortly before 9 p.m. with some bystanders running for cover while others began to shoot videos of the action to post online.

A bystander told the Observer he heard "50 to 75 shots," though estimates of the number of shots varied wildly.

Earlier in the evening, several hundred people gathered peacefully to protest the fatal shooting by two police officer of Alton Sterling outside a Baton Rouge convenience store early Tuesday. A video of the shooting posted online showed Sterling being wrestled to the ground and shot in the chest repeatedly.

Wednesday evening, Philando Castile, 32, was shot dead during a traffic stop for a broken taillight in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. His girlfriend broadcast his final moments live on Facebook.

Update 10:01 p.m.: 

Jason Whitely of WFAA is reporting that one Dallas police officer and DART officer were wounded by the gunman.

A larg swath of downtown has been blocked off, and police have cleared the park as they confront the shooter. A police officer at the scene said the gunman was carrying a rifle and was in an alley across the street from Belo Garden.

Dallas police have cordoned Main Street and the area surrounding Belo Garden downtown following reports of multiple gunshots after a demonstration to protest recent police shootings of black men in Baton Rouge and Minnesota. Unconfirmed reports from bystanders say two police officers may have been wounded. At 9:40 p.m., police ordered reporters and bystanders to move back from the Main Street at Belo Garden because the shooter was seen moving in an alley, carrying a rifle.

Several witnesses posted videos of the scene during the shooting on Facebook.

..................................  LIVE CBS11 COVERAGE ...............................

A peaceful protest against nationwide officer-involved shootings took a sinister turn at about 9 p.m. Thursday night after snipers shot 11 police officers, killing four, according to Dallas Police Chief Brown.

“Some officers were shot in the back,” said Chief Brown, who added during a press conference that they believe a bomb may be hidden somewhere downtown.

Chief Brown sent the following statement via email Thursday night before the fourth officer died.

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.

DART officer Misty McBride was one of the ten officers shot. She suffered two gun shot wounds. She has worked with DART for about five years.

Police named Mark Hughes, whose brother is one of the organizers of the rally as a person of interest. He later turned himself in. Another alleged suspect was in a shootout with SWAT officers before he was taken into custody late Thursday night. SWAT found a suspicious package near him and the DPD bomb squad secured it.

Witnesses told CBS11 they heard multiple gunshots fire off and saw protestors start running, fearful for their lives.

“They were shooting down at police. I saw officers get hit,” said protestor Jamal Johnson.

Another witness recounted the moment he heard at least “30 gun shots” go off.

“Whoever was shooting had an assault rifle — and I know guns. The shots were in rapid succession,” he said.

Yet another witness recounted how police officers yelled at her to get down.

Clarissa Myles was eating at McDonald when the chaos began. “Everyone was screaming, people were running… I saw at least probably 30 shots go off,” she said.
Myles also said she saw two men who were “super upset” with police right before shots rang out. She was shocked that the peaceful protest could take such a sinister turn so quickly.

“Are they really shooting? This was a peaceful protest,” said Myles in disbelief.
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Police searched for a suspect or suspects with rifles in a parking garage at Griffin and Lamar in downtown Dallas immediately after the shooting.

DART rail and bus service in downtown has been suspended due to the shooting.

A witness standing outside of Baylor Hospital in Dallas saw one of the wounded officers arrive at the ER.

“We were about two blocks away when we saw a cop car with a bullet hole in the door riding on its rims past us,” he said.

Still no word on the conditions of either officer who was shot.

Governor Abbott released the following statement on the shootings in Dallas:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dallas law enforcement community and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) officers killed and injured this evening. I’ve spoken to Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw and have directed him to offer whatever assistance the City of Dallas needs at this time. In times like this we must remember – and emphasize – the importance of uniting as Americans.”
This is a developing story. CBS11 has crews on the scene. 
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