DEVELOPING: At least four Dallas police officers were killed Thursday after being targeted by two snipers in a downtown parking garage Thursday night during a protest over police shootings of African-Americans.
Fox News confirmed late Thursday that no suspects were in custody, contrary to earlier reports. Dallas Police Chief David Brown told the news conference that police had one suspect “cornered”, but made no mention of a second suspect.
Brown confirmed that seven other officers were injured and one civilian was wounded in the shooting. Three of the injured officers were in critical condition and two others were in surgery.
Dallas’ public transit agency, DART, confirmed on Twitter that one of its officers was shot and killed, while three of its officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Fox4 cameras captured protesters running away from the scene of the shooting shortly before 9 p.m. local time. A cameraman approached the scene and captured officers apparently lying on the ground.
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A Fox4 reporter said he heard approximately 10 gunshots downtown. That reporter was told by an officer police were searching for someone with a rifle.
The status of the shooter was not immediately clear. Aerial images showed officers appearing to focus their search on a parking garage.
Witness Carlos Harris told the Dallas Morning News the gunfire was “strategic. It was tap-tap-pause. Tap-tap-pause.”
Michael Batista told KDFW the protest march had been “very peaceful” before the shooting started.
Brittany Peete, a demonstrator, told the Associated Press she didn’t hear the gunshots, but she “saw people rushing back toward me saying there was an active shooter.”
Peete said she saw a woman trip and nearly get trampled as people ran to get to safety.
“Everyone just started running,” Devante Odom, 21, told The Dallas Morning News. “We lost touch with two of our friends just trying to get out of there.”
The Associated Press and FOX4 contributed to this report.