Officers scramble to track the gunman who killed five cops and injured 11 other people on July 7 in downtown Dallas
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On July 7, 2016, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.