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Shooting in downtown Dallas targets police officers; multiple killed, wounded

4 officers killed, multiple wounded after downtown rally

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DALLAS – Multiple gunshots rang out in downtown Dallas after a rally Thursday night. Four officers were killed and multiple others injured.

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority said one of its officers was killed, three others were injured.

Three Dallas police officers were killed, and several more were shot.

Three officers were critically injured and two others were in surgery late Thursday night.

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One bystander at the rally was also shot. There was no word on the victim’s condition.

At a late-night press conference Dallas Police Chief David Brown said one person was cornered in a parking garage and police negotiated with that person. Less than an hour later police said that person was arrested and nearby officers found a suspicious package.

The bomb squad continued to secure the package.

The chief said the gunfire came from two snippers who had taken "elevated positions."

Video from earlier in the night showed heavily armed SWAT officers taking location across the downtown area as the search continued.

The gunfire broke out just before 9 p.m. Thursday after a protest over two recent fatal police shootings.

Live TV video showed protesters marching along a street in downtown when the shots erupted and the crowd scattered, seeking cover. There was no immediate word on whether anyone had been injured.

Richard McBride, a father of one of the victims, said his daughter, Misty, was shot in the shoulder and stomach, but she was expected to survive.

Misty McBride has been a DART officer for several years.

Gov. Greg Abbott issued the following 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 this we must remember - and emphasize - the importance of uniting as Americans."

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement on tonight’s shooting in Dallas:

The men and women of the Dallas Police Department and the officers of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) selflessly run into harm’s way to protect the lives of others. Tonight, we mourn the loss of four of their brothers. Our thoughts and prayers go out to these officers and their families, and to those who have been injured. My office is in close contact with the local authorities on the ground and we will be offering to provide whatever support we can to help in assisting the victims and bringing the perpetrators to justice. My God protect our fallen heroes and bring peace upon the City of Dallas.