A sniper targeted police officers and in the end, 12 Dallas officers, including Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) officers, were shot, with five losing their lives.
It’s believed there were two snipers who fired from an elevated position.
The shooting began around 9:00 PM local time at the end of the protest which was several blocks away from Dealey Plaza where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. There were 800 people at the protest with 100 police officers assigned to the area.
As for the suspect who is now in custody and has been identified as 25-year-old, Micah X. Johnson, Dallas law enforcement and the SWAT team spent hours into early Friday morning negotiating with him before he was taken into custody.
“Our worst nightmare happened,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. “It is a heartbreaking moment for the city of Dallas.”
Dallas police chief, David Brown, said the suspect told a hostage negotiator he was upset about the Black Lives Matter movement and the recent police shootings of Black men.
He “wanted to kill White people, especially White officers,” said Brown.
“The suspect stated he was not affiliated with any groups and he stated that he did this alone.”
Law enforcement believes other suspects might still be at large.
“We’re hopeful that we have got everybody, but we don’t know that for sure,” said Rawlings to NBC’s ‘Today.’
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