WASHINGTON – At least 11 police officers were wounded — five fatally — when shots rang out during a protest against police racial bias in downtown Dallas late Thursday, authorities said.”Tonight, it appears that two snipers shot 11 police officers from elevated positions during the protest/rally.
“Four officers are deceased, two are in surgery and three are in critical condition,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown said in a statement.”An intensive search for suspects is currently underway. No suspects are in custody at this time.
“Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers tonight.”
Police said one suspect was “down” and a second possible suspect was in a downtown parking garage wearing a bulletproof vest and tactical gear, the station reported.
The protests were part of demonstrations taking part in several cities against the fatal police shootings of African-American men in Minnesota and Louisiana this week.
Several hundred people attended the Dallas rally, which ended just before the shots rang out around 9pm, reports said.
Witnesses reported hearing dozens of gunshots that sounded like semi-automatic rifle fire.
“The shots were coming from the roof,” a protester told KTVT television.
Video posted on the internet showed protesters marching when the shots rang out, scattering the crowd.
It was unclear whether any protesters had been hit.
Police warned protesters to flee the area, saying the scene remained an active-shooter situation.
SWAT teams were deployed to the scene, reports said.