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The Dallas Shootings: A Look Back

Officers scramble to track the gunman who killed five cops and injured 11 other people on July 7 in downtown Dallas
Credit Javier Giribet-Vargas / KERA News

On July 7, a peaceful protest was ending in downtown Dallas. It was a rally like many across the country --sparked by the deaths of black men shot by police in Baton Rouge, Minnesota and other cities. Then, suddenly, the atmosphere changed. A gunman opened fire. Five officers were killed. Nine others, and two civilians, were injured.

Here's a complete look at how KERA News covered what happened -- from the protest to the shooting to the mourning. KERA profiled each of the slain officers in a series called Remembering the Fallen, and produced hours of coverage broadcast on public radio stations across the country.

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President Obama was in Dallas to take part in a service honoring the victims of last week’s attack. He was joined by former president George W. Bush, and a host of other dignitaries. The speakers didn’t just honor the officers, but addressed the importance – and pitfalls – of modern policing.

Elizabeth Myong / KERA News

The top local story from the KERA today: President Obama's visit to Dallas to join his predecessor, an array of state and local luminaries, and a symphony hall full of law enforcement officers mourning five of their own.


Those who didn’t have a ticket to the memorial service honoring five, slain Dallas police officers still gathered outside the Meyerson Symphony Center in a show of support.


President Obama was in Dallas for several hours Tuesday to take part in the interfaith memorial service to honor the five fallen police officers in last week’s ambush. The president’s arrival at Love Field was so smooth that some travelers didn’t even know he was here.


Move over Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Dallas Police Chief David Brown has been “nominated” for president by some social media users.

Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

President Barack Obama says the shootings of five Dallas police officers would appear to have exposed the "the deepest fault line of our democracy" but that Americans must reject such despair.

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

Here are five things you should know about the deadly shooting in downtown Dallas: Chief David Brown offered new details and corrections to the shooting report; Micah Johnson’s parents love their son, but hate what he did; President George W. Bush will speak at today's memorial; and more.

Javier Giribet-Vargas / KERA News Special Contributor

More than 1,000 people gathered for a candlelight vigil in downtown Dallas Monday night to remember the five officers who died during last week's shootings.


After the shooting in downtown Dallas last Thursday, hospitals had the difficult task of tending to the injured officers. On Monday, doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital’s trauma center shared their experiences.

Christopher Connelly/KERA News

President Barack Obama is coming to Dallas Tuesday to take part in an interfaith memorial service for the victims of last week’s shooting. Obama will be joined at the Meyerson Symphony Center by former President George W. Bush and other dignitaries.

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

The top stories this afternoon from KERA news: The fear, shock and outrage over Thursday night’s deadly shootings is still vivid as Dallas tries to come to grips with what happened. President Obama will be in town for an interfaith memorial service and funeral services start Wednesday for fallen officers.

'Feels Like The World Is Going To Hell' -- African-Americans Reflect On Dallas Shooting

Jul 11, 2016
Javier Giribet-Vargas / KERA News Special Contributor

The Thursday night shooting that left five police officers dead in downtown Dallas, and the recent killings of black men by police in other cities, have many on edge. KERA talked with African-Americans in downtown Dallas about how they’re feeling in the aftermath.

Five Updates On The Dallas Shooting From Police Chief David Brown

Jul 11, 2016

In a press conference Monday morning, Dallas Police Chief David Brown provided several updates on the shooting, the killing of suspect Micah Johnson and the ongoing investigation.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A big chunk of downtown Dallas remains closed Monday morning, and traffic is a challenge. Commerce Street has opened up for access to the four government buildings in area. The iconic Bank of America building is expected to stay closed.

Francesca Paris / KERA News

Here are five things you should know about the deadly shooting in downtown Dallas: more on the suspected shooter; President Obama to visit Dallas; Sunday a day of reflection in churches; and more.

Hady Mawajdeh / KERA News

Sunday was a day of reflection in churches across North Texas -- the first Sunday following the deadly shooting in downtown Dallas. From pastors to congregants, their words focused on race, the police and a need to unite.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Three weeks before Micah Xavier Johnson opened fire on Dallas police, he offered to work security for protesters outside a Donald Trump appearance in Dallas. Organizers said “no way” – because Johnson wanted to bring a gun.

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Dallas police chief David Brown says the suspect in the deadly attack on Dallas police officers scrawled letters in his own blood on the walls of the parking garage where officers cornered and later killed him.

Live Blog: Squad Cars Become Memorial With Flowers, Notes Of Thanks To Police

Jul 9, 2016
Christopher Connelly / KERA News

Squad cars in front of Dallas police headquarters have become a makeshift memorial to remember those killed and wounded during the shooting Thursday night in downtown.

Christopher Connelly/KERA

As they sorted through their shock, horror and grief, Dallas residents gathered in Thanksgiving Square yesterday to pray for the victims of a sniper attack that left five law enforcement officers dead and nine people wounded on Thursday night.

From Peace To Horror To Grief: 24 Hours In Dallas Through Sound And Pictures

Jul 8, 2016

By all accounts, Thursday night's protest in downtown Dallas was peaceful. Then shots rang out. 

Stella M. Chavez / KERA News

Police have identified the shooter as Micah Xavier Johnson, a 25-year-old Army veteran who lived in Mesquite. On Friday, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said Johnson was upset about recent police shootings. KERA visited Johnson’s neighborhood and spoke to neighbors there.

Seema Yasmin / Twitter

The top stories this afternoon from KERA news: Dallas is just beginning to process the terror that shot through downtown Thursday night when a gunman opened fire at the end of a peaceful protest. Five police officers were killed; at least seven others were hurt, along with two civilians.


Soon after the Thursday night shooting, the first death was confirmed. Overnight, the death toll climbed. By early Friday morning, five officers were dead. At a press conference, Dallas Police Chief David Brown expressed his disbelief.

JAVIER GIRIBET-VARGAS / KERA News Special Contributor

Law enforcement officials are investigating identified suspect Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, of Mesquite, who was killed Friday morning by police after an hours-long standoff.

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

Hundreds of people gathered in Thanksgiving Square in downtown Dallas for an interfaith prayer service Friday.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A special report on Thursday night's shootings in downtown Dallas. The latest details on what happened when; interviews with witnesses; reaction from residents.

Javier Giribet-Vargas / KERA News Special Contributor

Emotions were already high as hundreds of protesters marched through downtown Dallas Thursday night, rallying against police shootings in Minnesota and across the country. Then gunshots erupted. Police officers were hit. Many died. A mayor choked back tears.

Javier Giribet-Vargas / KERA News Special Contributor

Five officers were killed and six others injured Thursday night in downtown Dallas after a protest over two recent fatal police shootings. A suspect was reported dead early this morning.