Dallas police are confirming that at least 11 of their officers have been shot by at least two Black Lives Matter snipers.
Five officers have succumbed to their wounds. At least 3 others are in critical condition.
We just lost another. Officer Down
— Dallas Police Assoc (@DPA_PoliceAssoc) July 8, 2016
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said in a press conference that there may have been more snipers. Unconfirmed reports have as many as four shooters.
Police were seen helping their fallen colleagues, and trying to locate the snipers.
Dallas Police are saying that one of the snipers may have planted bombs in the downtown area.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) July 8, 2016
The attacks came during BLM protests in downtown Dallas.
The moment the shooting began can be seen in this video. Protesters begin running to avoid being shot.
The protests erupted after two black men, Philando Castile, and Alton Sterling were shot and killed by police this week. Castile had actually posted a picture of Black Panthers with guns to Facebook with the message “BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!” in a threat to police. Castile made the post at a time when a New Black Panther Party leader had called for “white babies” to be killed.
Initially it was reported that only two officers had been shot. That number has steadily increased as the night has gone on.
Fox News is reporting that 4 of the officers killed were Dallas police, and one a Dallas transit officer.
Intense video of one of the gun battles between the snipers and Dallas police.
Horrifying video captured the moment one of the gunmen cornered what appears to be an officer. As the officer tried to escape, he was gunned down.
KDFW shows disturbing footage showing one Dallas shooting suspect firing on unknown individual pic.twitter.com/jlyeaaNiKH
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) July 8, 2016
Eyewitness videos from the scene:
A semi-automatic weapon is heard.
— pixie godsister. ✨ (@mminthecity) July 8, 2016
A crowd runs as shooting erupts & an officer is hit.
— Doug Dunbar (@cbs11doug) July 8, 2016
Crowds are seen running as the shooting begins.
A Fox News reporter captured video.
— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) July 8, 2016
Fox News announced at 9:56 PST that two of the shooters are in custody. Police are searching for others.
Make no doubt about it, we are at war, people. Black Lives Matter is a domestic terror organization that only exists to kill Americans.