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Dallas shooting: The gunfire broke out around 8:45 PM on Thursday, Live TV video showed protesters marching along a street in downtown when the shots erupted and the crowd scattered, seeking cover.

By: Express Web Desk | Dallas |
Updated: July 22, 2016 4:13:27 pm
Dallas, Dallas shooting, Dallas police department, dallas news, Dallas shootout, Dallas deaths, texas, dallas police dept, dallas shooting, dallas protests, dallas killings, dallas black shooting, dallas police, dallas police killed, world news Dallas police respond after shots were fired during a protest over recent fatal shootings by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Dallas. Snipers opened fire on police officers during protests; several officers were killed, police said. (Maria R. Olivas/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Five police officers were shot dead and six others injured in “ambush style” firing by snipers in Dallas during a late night demonstration protesting the fatal police shootings of black men this week, making it one of the deadliest days for police in American law enforcement history. According to Dallas Police Chief David Brown, the suspect said he wanted to kill ‘white’ police officers after police shootings in the past.

The shooting began near one of the busiest parts of the city’s downtown, filled with hotels and restaurants. Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters that two snipers fired “ambush style” from an elevated position.

He said the police were negotiating with a suspect in the garage in downtown Dallas in the US state of Texas, hours after the violence erupted at a largely peaceful rally, attended by hundreds of people.

Here are the LIVE updates on the Dallas shooting:

4:55 am (IST): President Obama to cut short European trip, visit Dallas early next week, reports AP.

2:45 am (IST): Bomb-making materials found in Dallas gunman’s home: police, reports AP.

12:13 am (IST):  Investigators have ruled out any connection to terrorist organizations, says White House, reports Reuters.

11:47 pm (IST): Army says shooting suspect had served as enlisted soldier; served tour in Afghanistan, reports AP.

11:35 pm (IST): Dallas police chief says shooting attack that left five police officers dead was ‘well planned’, reports AP.

8:55 pm (IST): Robotics expert says #Dallas police appear to be first law enforcement agency to use a robot to kill a suspect.

8:30 pm (IST): Texas law enforcement official identifies slain suspect in Dallas attack as Micah Johnson, 25.

7:30 pm (IST): Family of man killed by Louisiana police rejects `reprehensible acts of violence’ against Dallas police officers.

6:10 pm (IST): Dallas suspect said he wanted to kill white cops after police shootings: police chief

5:14 pm: (IST) Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says the suspect in a standoff with police has died.

04.00 pm (IST): No explosives found in downtown Dallas after primary and secondary sweeps: Dallas police spokesman

02. 56 pm (IST): There is no justification for these kinds of attacks, says President Barack Obama

02.55 pm (IST): We are horrified and stand united with people and police departments- President Obama on Dallas shootings

01. 30 pm (IST): Suspect involved in standoff with Dallas Police is dead, as reported by Dallas Morning News

12.31 pm (IST): It has been a devastating night. We are sad to report a fifth officer has died: Dallas Police Dept

12.30 pm (IST): DART grieving the loss of Officer Brent Thompson, 43, killed during Thursday protest. First DART officer killed in line of duty. Joined DART 2009: Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

11.10 am (IST): Three people in custody. Fourth suspect exchanging fire with the police at a parking garage in downtown Dallas: Dallas Police department

11.05 am (IST): There is a total of four suspects. Two suspects were in Garage and two in Mercedes car, say Dallas Police department

11.03 am (IST): Downtown still a crime scene, say Dallas Mayor

11.00 am (IST): Suspect who is negotiating said that he’ll kill more of us. Also said he has planted bombs. Not sure if we have all the suspects in custody, say Dallas police department

10.55 am (IST): We have in custody a female, say Dallas police department

10.20 am (IST): DPD follow suspect’s car, question occupants of the vehicle.

10.00 am (IST): The second suspect in shootout has been captured. Bomb squad secure a suspicious device, reports ANI.

9.55 am (IST): Police at downtown Dallas

9.50 am (IST): The person in interest whose picture had been circulated turned himself in.

9.42 am (IST): Dallas police chief David Brown said authorities had one suspect cornered at a garage after downtown shooting, were negotiating with suspect, reports Reuters

9.40 am (IST): With heavy hearts, we are devastated  to report a fourth officer has been killed: Dallas police department

 9. 30 am (IST): No rail or bus operations in Downtown Dallas. Some bus service to CBD East: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

9.25 am (IST): Dallas police say suspects have threatened to plant a bomb in the city, FBI and ATS have been asked to help in investigation

9.20 am (IST): Dallas police dept release picture of suspect.

9.15 am (IST): The officers were shot by 2 snipers. No suspects in custody till now, manhunt underway

9.10 am (IST): Ten officers shot, three dead in US protest: Dallas police chief

Officers with guns drawn were running near and into the parking garage as police searched for the shooter. A police dispatcher reached by The Associated Press had no immediate comment.

On Wednesday, a Minnesota officer fatally shot Philando Castile while he was in a car with a woman and a child in a St. Paul suburb. The aftermath of the shooting was purportedly livestreamed in a widely shared Facebook video.

A day earlier, Alton Sterling was shot in Louisiana after being pinned to the pavement by two white officers. That, too, was captured on a cellphone video. The gunshots in Dallas came amid protests nationwide over the recent police shootings.

Dallas Police respond after shots were fired at a Black Lives Matter rally in downtown Dallas on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Dallas protestors rallied in the aftermath of the killing of Alton Sterling by police officers in Baton Rouge, La. and Philando Castile, who was killed by police less than 48 hours later in Minnesota. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News) Dallas Police respond after shots were fired at a Black Lives Matter rally in downtown Dallas on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Dallas protestors rallied in the aftermath of the killing of Alton Sterling by police officers in Baton Rouge, La. and Philando Castile, who was killed by police less than 48 hours later in Minnesota. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

In midtown Manhattan, protesters first gathered in Union Square Park where they chanted “The people united, never be divided!” and “What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now!”

A group of protesters then left the park and began marching up Fifth Avenue blocking traffic during the height of rush hour as police scrambled to keep up. Another group headed through Herald Square and Times Square where several arrests were reported.

with Reuters input

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