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Dallas Shootings Open Thread

from Rogue Money:

Shots rang out from at least two snipers during a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Dallas at around 8:45 p.m. local time (9:45 p.m. Eastern) Thursday. At least three Dallas police officers and one DART (Dallas Area Mass Transit) officers are dead and seven more officers are being treated for their wounds as of 00:30 local on Friday [Update 3 a.m. Eastern Friday — a fifth police officer has died – JWS]. Witnesses described the gunfire as coming from above and individuals gathered for the protest took cover under building awnings or behind vehicles as officers searched for the shooters.

One black male was walking with a legally open carried AR15 semi-automatic rifle when the shots rang out; Dallas Police originally tweeted out his picture wearing a camouflage shirt and black shorts as a suspect, but the public on Twitter quickly urged DPD to retract the tweet as it became clear from multiple smartphone videos that the man was not involved in the shootings. That man was described in a DPD release as a ‘person of interest’ in custody. According to Correy Hughes, a co-organizer of the Black Lives Matter protest, the man was his brother Mark Hughes who immediately surrendered his AR15 to police after the shots rang out. [Update: Later Mark Hughes spoke to local reporters on camera expressing his disbelief at what happened]

DPD sent out this interesting tweet about an individual carrying a camouflaged bag leaving the scene in a black Mercedes which ‘sped off at a high rate of speed’. During a brief press conference at 12:35 Central/1:35 Eastern DPD announced that both suspects in the black Mercedes had been taken into custody after being pulled over in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas southwest of downtown. They also said they were in negotiations with a single suspect who had shot at police and holed up in the El Centro college parking garage. This suspect claimed to have planted bombs around the area and declared that “the end is coming”.

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