Friday, July 08, 2016

Three Police Officers Dead, Several Injured at Dallas Protest Over Shootings in Baton Rouge and Minnesota
Shots fired during protest over police shootings of two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

July 7, 2016 11:59 p.m. ET

DALLAS—Ten police officers were shot by two snipers in Dallas Thursday night during a protest over police brutality, leaving three officers dead and seven wounded and throwing the city into chaos.

The Dallas Police chief David Brown said in a statement two officers were in surgery and three were in critical condition. No suspects were in custody.

According to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit, one of its officers was killed in the shooting too, though it was unclear if that death was included in the total.

The shooting sparked a massive manhunt, and sent hundreds of protesters fleeing through the streets. Police surrounded a downtown building late Thursday night, and to the city transit was stopped. Local video showed a chaotic scene as a barrage of shots rang out.

Marcus Carter, 33, a Dallas cook, says he was hit in the face by flying chips of cement as the bullets hit the pavement and sidewalk near the city’s West End Station.

He said as the shootiong started, panic took over, with people and police running for cover.

“After the shooting ended there were people in the train arriving to the station and I yelled at them to stay in the train, not to get out at the station.”

Michelle Lavonier, 40, San Francisco, was staying at the Crowne Plaza on Elm Street in Dallas with her 13-year-old daughter when she heard the gunshots.

“We heard the shots, they were incessant, there must have been 75 no joke,” she said. “They just kept going and going and going. And the police sirens were almost immediate.”

She posted a video of police cars swarming onto a scene from her hotel window. Shortly after, the front desk of her hotel called warning to stay away from the windows of the hotel.

Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood, who told CBS DFW he was walking at the front of the protest, said he saw two officers fall down and immediately turned around.

“I was screaming ‘Run, run, run, active shooter, active shooter.’ We felt like at any moment you could just see bullets coming off the parking garage so we just kept running.”

—Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Byron Tau, Neil King, Scott Calvert and Alejandro Lazo contributed to this article.

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