Posted by Michael Kevin Bautista on Thursday, July 7, 2016
New footage livstreamed on Facebook by Michael Kevin Bautista appears to show gunmen trading fire with police on the streets of downtown Dallas.
The video shows officers ducking behind their patrol cars after snipers opened fire on police in Dallas, killing five officers and injuring six others during protests over the fatal police shootings of black men.
The snipers fired from an elevated position on police just minutes before 9pm as protesters marched through the city.
The suspect who was involved in a stand-off with police in a Dallas parking garage is now dead, according to reports. Police have not yet confirmed this.
The gunman was one of four believed to have launched a co-ordinated attack to kill Dallas police officers in what has been described as an ‘ambush’.
Police had the city on lockdown after one of the suspects warned that bombs had been planted throughout the city center. There are currently extensive sweeps of downtown for explosives underway.
Speaking to Dallas news channel WFAA-TV, an eyewitness described running from the ‘rapid fire’ as the gunmen started shooting:
We heard gunfire and at first you didn’t really realise what you were hearing. You know, you thought it was something like something popping and then you heard rapid fire and then everybody realised it and just took off running.
Everybody just ran their own separate ways and what we tried to do was try to get the women and the children back there in the protest away from the gunfire. They were running toward it.
We had to get them back in the traffic. We had to back the traffic back. It was a horrifying experience to see all those people running and not knowing where the bullets were coming from.
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) July 8, 2016
The attack marks one of the deadliest yet on police in the U.S. since 9/11, according to records published by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Our thoughts are with the victims and families affected by this tragedy.