5 Police Officers Killed, 7 More and 2 Civilians Injured at Black Lives Matter Protest in Dallas (UPDATE)

5 police officers were killed and 7 others were wounded during a shooting at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas.

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UPDATE (7/8/16 6:45 p.m. ET):

A memorial has been set up outside of the Dallas Police Department featuring patrol cars from Dallas Police and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit. 

2 patrol units covered in flowers serve as memorial in front of the Dallas Police Dpt. I'll be live from here at 5&6 pic.twitter.com/1IyhJGo0l8
Memorial outside #Dallas Police Headquarters. pic.twitter.com/uraTPAQCPI
Makeshift memorial outside #Dallas police headquarters. (CNS/Rebecca Kirstin Patton) #AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile pic.twitter.com/o1NRBBhhTF

UPDATE (7/8/16 8:30 a.m. ET):

On Friday morning, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings confirmed that a total of 12 police officers and two civilians were shot during a Black Lives Matter protest march on Thursday night. Five of the officers were killed, while seven of the officers and the two civilians were injured during the shooting. Rawlings said that he does not believe that any of the nine wounded victims suffered life-threatening injuries.

Rawlings also confirmed that the Dallas Police Department killed one of the suspects involved in the shootings following a standoff. The suspect has reportedly been identified as Micah Xavier Johnson:

According to Rawlings, police used a robot to detonate an explosive inside of a parking garage to kill the suspect. The suspect reportedly told police there were explosives in the area, but no explosives have been located.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown spoke with reporters Friday morning and talked about the interaction police had with the suspect. According to Chief Brown, the suspect told police he targeted white people, specifically white police officers, during the shootings:

"The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter," Chief Brown said. "He said he was upset about the recent police shootings. The suspect said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers. The suspect stated that we will eventually find the IEDs. The suspect stated he was not affiliated with any groups and he stated that he did this alone."

Police have not released any information about other potential suspects.

President Barack Obama made a statement about the shootings, which he called a "vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement," while speaking in Warsaw, Poland on Friday.

"I believe I speak for every single American when I say we are horrified over these events, and we stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas," he said. "There is no justification for these kinds of attacks or any kind of violence against law enforcement." 

Multiple Black Lives Matter leaders have condemned the shootings on Twitter as well. 

See original story below.

Five police officers were shot and killed and six others and one civilian were wounded on Thursday night during a Black Lives Matter protest march in Dallas.

The protest, which was organized following the recent police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, began in downtown Dallas and started to pick up steam at approximately 8 p.m., according to Dallas Police Department tweets about the demonstration.

At about 9 p.m., shots rang out from a parking garage. The shots reportedly hit 11 police officers and one civilian. Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown released a statement about the incident a short time later:

Tonight it appears that two snipers shot ten police officers from elevated positions during the protest/rally. Three officers are deceased, two are in surgery, and three are in critical condition. An intensive search for suspects is currently underway. No suspects are in custody at this time. We ask that any citizen with information regarding the shootings call 214-671-3482.

Four of the deceased are members of the Dallas police department, and one is from Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and has been identified as 43-year-old Brent Thompson. The civilian who was shot is 37-year-old Shetamia Taylor, who attended the rally with her four sons. When the shooting occurred, she reportedly jumped on top of the oldest one and shielded him for several minutes. As of early Friday morning, she was undergoing surgery for a broken leg.

Chief Brown confirmed at a news conference several hours after the shooting that that the suspects had planned to plant a bomb downtown, and he was bringing in the FBI and the ATF to search for it. He also updated the total number of officers shot from 10 to 11.

During that same news conference, Chief Brown unveiled a photo of a man he called a suspect, who was pictured at the rally holding a long rifle. However, shortly after the conference, the suspect's brother talked to a local CBS affiliate and claimed that the gun was unloaded, and that the person in question had handed his gun over to the police. Not long afterwards, video emerged showing the man on the street at the time the shootings were occurring from inside a nearby building. The man, Mark Hughes, was eventually released.

Just before 11:30 p.m. local time, the Dallas Police Department released a statement saying that they had engaged in a shootout with a different suspect, and had taken them into custody. They also reported that there was a "suspicious package" nearby that was being "secured by DPD bomb squad." 

Not long afterwards, they released an update saying that they were questioning two additional suspects.

Just after 12:30 a.m. local time on Friday, another press conference was held. Chief Brown confirmed that the police were in negotiations with a suspect, and were exchanging gunfire. The suspect reportedly said "The end is coming," and said that he was going to kill more officers. Brown also claimed the suspect said that there were "bombs all over the place, in the garage and downtown." 

Brown said he did not have "a complete comfort level" that all of the suspects were in custody, and that the police were continuing a search of downtown until "all suspects have been captured." He and Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings also talked about the "stories of great courage" that had occurred throughout the evening.

One video from the time of the shooting shows a large crowd of people running and dispersing.

#breaking Crowd on the run downtown Dallas. Reports of an officer shot at the protest march. pic.twitter.com/zstZnDIRlm

A video from on the ground shows the moment the shooting began causing protesters to panic.

Video from a protestor as the shooting began. Jesus. Disturbing content. #Dallas #DallasPoliceShooting pic.twitter.com/yhPTI9KC2g

Gunshots can be heard in other videos posted from scenes nearby. Different witnesses have been alleging they heard 20 or 30 gunshots.

MANY gunshots heard in video I captured in #Dallas, just before 9p as rally marched through downtown @wfaachannel8 pic.twitter.com/1O3GB0b9xx

In one video, what seems like two police officers can be seen next to patrol cars on the ground unresponsive. 


BREAKING: Officers down in #Dallas protest. GRAPHIC. pic.twitter.com/kG2pO83zoE
DPD reports suspect has a RIFLE.
@DallasPD - officer w/injuries at the PALM RESTAURANT.

Downtown Dallas is currently, according to CBS11, "like a war zone," with almost all of the streets blocked off.

Governor Greg Abbott released a statement

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dallas law enforcement community and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) officers killed and injured this evening. I've spoken to Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw and have directed him to offer whatever assistance the City of Dallas needs at this time. In times like these we must remember — and emphasize — the importance of uniting as Americans.

He later said that he will be changing his plans and heading straight to Dallas.

Officers at Parkland pay their respects to the officers killed in the line of duty: https://t.co/V1iZB0dqq8 pic.twitter.com/rJyJDBrQZ3

This story is developing.

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