The shooting, which took the lives of five police officers, happened last night at the tail end of what should have been a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas. The event has been deemed one of the worst attacks on U.S. law enforcement in the last century. Read previous updates here.
Update: Micah Xavier Johnson appears to have been the only gunman involved in the shooting, according to the New York Times. The police had previously taken three suspects into custody.
• Johnson, 25, was killed by a robot. After failing to negotiate with the shooter, officers sent a bomb robot to detonate in front of him, Dallas police chief David Brown told reporters.
• Brown also said that a total of 14 people were shot, two civilians and 12 police officers.
• The protest organizers expressed their condolences and disapproval of the attack. In a Facebook post the Next Generation Action Network said “NGAN, nor its President, Minister Dominique Alexander do not condone violence in any form.” Here’s the full post:
• Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have responded to the shooting:
I mourn for the officers shot while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protesters, for their families & all who serve with them. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 8, 2016
• Jay Z put out a song about police brutality called Spiritual, which is available on his music streaming network, Tidal. (Beyonce, too, made a statement yesterday with a call to action posted on her website.)
• Even more depressing: Gunmaker Smith & Wesson’s stock is up. This is usually the case after mass shootings, as fear of increased gun control results in greater demand for firearms.
BREAKING: US attorney general: Dallas police shootings ‘an unfathomable tragedy’ in a week of ‘profound heartbreak and loss.’
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 8, 2016