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breaking news this morning. police officers shot and killed at a protest in dallas. >> others are fighting for their lives after a shootout with at least two suspected snipers. the moments on the streets. bystanders rush to safety as fellow officers are trying to hunt down the suspects. and breaking news out of dallas, ending what had been a difficult day for the nation. two police involved shootings of black men, once again shining a light on the excessive force. >> we'll have one black female officer expressing her frustration. there's full coverage ahead on this friday, july 8th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everyone. i'm kendis gibson.
>> we begin in dallas where possibly two snipers shot fires. at least 11 officers shot. four of those officers are dead. the others seriously injured and at least one civilian was also injured. >> and you see the chaotic moments there from the dallas area. the gunfire sent marchers running for cover as police scoured downtown hotels, restaurants, office buildings, parking lots, even residential structures looking for those responsible. the police chief says at least one is in custody, and a person of interest has surrendered. we are on the scene. >> reporter: right now we're at the corner of lamar and ross. this is a nice neighborhood in dallas, texas. close by landmarks that tourists enjoy. right behind me you can see a lot of police
off. in fact, several roamps remain blocked off into the community. and a lot of bystanders sitting and standing along the sidewalk. some want to know what's going on. others work on the other side of this police line and they're waiting for a ride because buses and trains stopped. we know there's still an active police presence. they have not told us as far as how many more or an additional suspect is involved in the shooting. we know two people are in custody. surrounding the shootings that you can easily call assassinations of dallas police officers as snipers shot from a second story onto a crowd of police who are here protecting what's being called a peaceful protest in the street of dallas. we have seen s.w.a.t. teams and helicopters above us. it's a busy scene. you can't get through this particular section of dallas unless you're
the community rocked by the terror and the horror of people even having the audacity to do this. this was just before 9:00 p.m. in a safe community. we've talked to so many people. we've never seen anything like this, not here in dallas. >> and there's mixed reports about the shooters or suspects, at least. some saying at least two suspects from elevated positions. there were reports of shots from the ground. is there any clarity on who exactly police are looking for and what exactly happened? >> reporter: we know this. we do know that they have two men in custody. we also know that, for sure, based on recordings from 9-1-1, that there were shootings from a second story. now, i have some video, my photographer shot video of a 7/11 store with the windows shot out. we don't kno
we don't know if it was from the snipers, but we know gunfire was exchanged. based on the video we've been able to see on social media from eyewitnesss, people in the crowd, people at home, people who just happen to be in the neighborhood and who heard the gunfire, the rapid succession of gunfire, this was -- this was somebody who, again, police are saying, planned this as an attack. it was calculated. we know that one of the suspects is wearing camo shorts, african american, we know that. there was word of masks. again, that's all being confirmed by what we're seeing as we get the information in from the 9-1-1 calls. >> and give us a little bit of a lay of the land. you lived in the dallas area for several years and you have friends and family members there in that area. the area that this took place, it's not necessarily somewhere that you would expect this sort of violence to break out. >> reporter: never. no, never. in fact, i was in for
i had come out. i happened to be in the area on vacation. and i had friends in the area say, you know, there's some bad news that just happened out of dallas. police officers shot. at the time it was only two officers shot. we didn't know that there were any fatalities. we knew two officers were injured. and then my friend started texting me and telling me what was going on. interestingly, the peaceful protest that was happening in dallas, there was a smaller similar protest on the streets of downtown fort worth. very calm. uneventful, but when word came out that officers were shot, and then possibly three to six were shot, and then the number climbed to 11, and then we found out two had been killed, no, now four have been killed, you can just feel the anxiety in the air here. and the question mark as to how something like this happened. how police were caught off guard. there are about $100 officers protecting these peaceful demonstrators. this is what they do. whenhe
police come out and do their job. but because of the tension that has happened, because of recent shootings, and we all know about those stories. you've been reporting on it. we've all been reporting on it. black lives matter, the whole demonstration culture, there's still no word yet as to whether we know there was somebody on the ground firing shots and somebody in the air if those folks were at all associated with the demonstrators. we don't know yet. but this is a very tragic situation. and our thoughts and prayers go out to those family members of these dallas police officers who have fallen. >> absolutely. thank you for that. >> thank you, and we have some police scanner sound from a 9-1-1 call that we want to play as the shots were being fired. >> officer down. we need you to go to channel 12. >> shooter is at a high location. el centro
that's where you want to stay away from. >> verbal contact with him. taking fire and returning fire. we have on 42. >> suspect reloaded rifle. >> the black male, black skin, camouflage shorts. black shorts. don't know the kind of shoes. we believe that was the shooter. he got out of a red suburban that's in the parking lot. >> you listen there and you hear the chaos that was taking place and the moments after all the shooting started in dallas. >> the police trying to piece together what was going on as they're communicating with each other. >> and who to look for. let's bring in someone who knows more about this. steve gomez, a former lapd officer joining us. steve, gorng. >> good morning. >> you listen to that and see the pictures and think what? >> i think this is a very sophisticated attack on police. it's very clear that they were targeting policof
11 officers shot. four dead. only one civilian. i'd be curious to know where the civilian was positioned when the shooting started. it's a travesty. it's a very sad day in the law enforcement community. and it appears that two are in custody at the minimum. very big questions as to how many more were involved, if it was a big conspiracy, whether these two individuals were working in conjunction with certain individuals that maybe were part of the protest. if this was just they took the opportunity to take position, these are the types of questions that need to be answered in the coming investigation. >> to target officers protecting protesters seems like an unusual target. what did you think when you heard that? >> i was just -- i was floored by this. i mean, sick to my stomach. i mean,
situations where officers are shot and sometimes they're killed, and it just breaks all of our hearts, and we pray that that never happens, but here we have 11 officers shot and four dead. this is a tragedy for us, and it's something that we have to look at as far as what occurred and is this something that's going to occur in other cities? we have other protests occurring in oakland, new york city, washington d.c., l.a., seattle and others, and the information needs to get out to those cities and those law enforcement agencies right away to make sure they take precaution in the event that this is something even more coordinated than dallas. >> and you would think it's not a hot headed things. if you have at least two suspects who were there, sniper style, attacking. it wasn't somebody who got angry at all of the recent shootings. this is a couple of people who came out and said we're going to attack the police, right? >> ab
i mean, and this is going to be part of the investigation. they're going to look at where the shots were fired from. so where were those sniper positions at the time of the shooting, and, of course, they're going to look at the protest, and where did the protest start and move and get to the point where there was a clear shot from the sniper positions and where were the law enforcement officers at the time of the protests as it was moving? this is part of the analysis that's going to take place with the investigation to determine were those snipers waiting for them to take the position? was the protest moving the officers into that position? is this a situation that is that sophisticated? or were they just in the right place and able to take those shots? this is something that has to be looked at in the investigation. >> and steve, what goes into play in dallas where i'm sure many areas are in lock down and the other cities where you were saying there are protests and you need to take precautions. what do you
massive. and i was just speaking earlier on radio how this is a situation where every local state, federal law enforcement officer is reporting to work right now. this is a massive investigation in dallas. and so there's going to be a lot of information, a lot of intelligence gathering going on right now, and that information is going to be fed to all the different intelligence fusion centers that are all over the country, feeding that into the law enforcement agency. so they are aware of what dallas as dealt with and what they're coming up with with regard to this investigation, and it's going to help them plan for potential sniper attacks or potential protests that can result in violence, targeting law enforcement officers, these are the types of briefings that will take place before the officers go out to protect the community. >> steve, we appreciate your insight on this. we hope we'll get to talk with you the rest of the morning. this is still a developing story. we want to give you what we're learning
meantime. they say they have a person in custody, a female right now who was found in a garage there downtown. two other suspects who were in a mercedes bins and wearing camo. also in custody, three the total, right now,hree dallas police department officers as well as a dallas rapid transit officer are the ones dead. >> and the police have said there are worries there may be bombs planted. apparently the person in the standoff staid there are bombs. another thing they'll have to investigate. >> yeah. we'll be right back.
welcome back to "world news now." we're covering breaking news out of dallas this morning where last night just after 9:00 p.m. during what was otherwise a peaceful protest, sniper fire on police officers there in dallas. 11 officers were shot. four of those officers are dead in addition to a civilian injured as well. >> i have a friend there on scene who mentioned that you can just hear the bullets whizzing by. he was a photographer, whizzing by his camera and ear. it was a dramatic scene. and the police officers there with him had no idea where the bullets were coming from. they were completely ambushed in dallas. >> police now have two
custody, but the investigation continues, and they're also investigating the possibility that bombs have been planted in the area. a developing story we're continue to monitor throughout the morning. this was all part of a black lives matter campaign. protesters hit the streets all across the country including in new york and other major cities after police arrested several demonstrators in times square and union square areas in new york. large crowds also marched through philadelphia gathering at convention center and city hall. none of those protests erupting to what happened in dallas. >> even the arrests made, relatively calm. protesters in los angeles late into the night. and in st. paul, minnesota, hundreds gathered gathered to remember the man killed by a police officer in his car. the aftermath of the shooting streaming live on facebook. a vigil was held
the school where he was a cafeteria supervisor. would castile have been shot if he was a white man? >> and calls for justice ringing out in baton rouge where alton sterling after a scuffle, officers shoot and killed him. his friends and family asking why it all happened. >> that was a father that died. a brother that died. that was a human life that was taken. and what most people aren't looking at is it never should have escalated to that point. >> the louisiana justice department says its conducting a full investigation along with federal investigators and representatives saying depending on the results the officers could face criminal charges. sterling was armed, and officers said they were
breaking news out of dallas. they say they have three suspects in custody and are negotiating with the fourth. 11 police officers shot during a protest. four of the officers are dead. and a civilian was also injured in the cross fire. we'll continue to follow that breaking news for you. but those protests in dallas came as demonstrations were being held in cities across the u.s. over two fatal police shootings of black men. one in minnesota and one in louisiana. >> with tensions high, byron pits brings us an emotional response from one mother who is also a police officer. >> if you are white and you work in a black community and you are
of yourself. >> in a kia jones, a veteran police taking to facebook attacking fellow police officers. >> i want to make a difference but how dare you stand next to me in the same uniform and murder somebody? how dare you. you ought to be ashamed of yourself. >> reporter: in the post that's now gotten more than 4 million views. she reminded her community they need to do more as well. >> martin luther king stood together. we got to stand together. a house divided will not stand. >> and i know so many black women who had similar conversations and rants with their children after this. they've had the conversations before, and even black men who have young sons and worry that their sons won't make it home at night. like i said, the narrative has changed quite a bit because of dallas. >> no doubt, and a tough issue to deal with,
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we are looking at the omnihotel in dallas, texas where you see four stripes lit up around that hotel. the four stripes representing four fallen officers who died last night in what was intended to be a peaceful protest turned deadly after sniper fire came down. 11 officers shot in total. four of those officers now deceased. one civilian also injured. we're continuing to follow this breaking story for you this morning. >> that is one of the iconic hotels in dallas. it's lit up, as you know, many of the skyscrapers in dallas are hit up. immediately we get to reaction to that. and we're getting reaction from all over to the dallas police shooting. many policeor
reaction including the birmingham police department saying thinking and praying for dallas. ted cruz a senator and former republican presidential candidate saying men and women of law enforcement selflessly run into harm's way to save the lives of others. may god protect them and bring peace upon dallas. >> the texas governor also released a statement saying he had spoken to the public safety director there in dallas. he also later met with the mayor. he said he's directed them to offer whatever assistance the city of dallas needs. and at times like this we must emphasize the importance of uniting as americans. >> this is the dallas morning news. simply said ambush. that's what the police chief called it. and you see this photo. i'm not sure if you can really tell. but it is of a man in blue and just in absolute tears hugging someone else. it appears it might be
venue. absolute tears. >> the police chief in dallas said whoever did this was trying to kill as many officers as possible. we're also seeing a lot of celebrity reaction on social media. john legend among them saying the dallas shootings are horrific. killing these officers is counterproductive to keeping us safe. that's the interesting thing about this. the officers targeted were protecting protesters that were there on the streets of dallas to speak out against these recent police-involved shootings, to speak out against police violence. they were prelotecting the protesters. >> this comes after black lives matter protests. you have reaction from celebrities following the minnesota shooting and the shooting in louisiana among them, serena williams who has other things on her mind right now, saying in london i wake up to this news, he was black and shot fr
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breaking news this morning on "world news now." police officers shot dead in dallas. snipers ambushing police on duty at a protest march in downtown. ground. >> it played out with people running for cover as fellow officers searched for the source of the sniper fire. we have a reporter live on the ground. ws now."c news, this is "world good morning, everybody. i'm kendis gibson. >> and i'm diane macedo. we're going to the breaking news in dallas where the downtown area is in chaos as snipers targeted officers. >> 11 shot, 4 dead, 7 seriously injured and at least one bystander was seriously hurt.