Multiple Officers Dead After Shots Fired at Dallas Protest: Musicians and Celebs React
On Thursday night, media outlets reported several shots fired at a protest in Dallas over the week's fatal police shootings of black men.
During the protest, local news outlets showed video of protesters scattering after gunfire broke out. There was no word on how many injuries there were initially, while police and security officers already on the scene began a search for the shooter.
Fox News reported that two police officers were shot, but their condition was unknown as of late Thursday evening and police were negotiating with a suspect in the shooting. Later that night, Fox News was told that the officers who were shot were with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), and one of the officers had died while three were injured. The DART Twitter account confirmed the news.
Dallas police chief David Brown later updated that information to say that two snipers had shot a total of 10 police officers, killing four.
Earlier, CNN reported that there may have been more than two shots fired, with sources saying that they heard as many as 20 gunshots during the protest.
The Dallas protest came together after the fatal shooting Wednesday of Philando Castile, who was shot after being pulled over while in a car with girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and her young daughter. Reynolds then uploaded video of the shooting's aftermath to Facebook Live.
Just one day earlier, a phone captured video of Alton Sterling being shot in Louisiana by two police officers. Thursday saw nationwide protests in response to the shootings.
The latest shooting immediately began trending on Twitter as musicians, celebs and many others weighed in.
"The last thing we need is to fuel anger with more hate or violence, especially toward the many incredible police officers who risk their lives every single day to protect our families and communities. We must peacefully use the power of our voices and the strength of our numbers to demand changes in the judicial system so that brutality doesn't ever go unpunished." -- Kim Kardashian
stay safe Dallas. something is not right.— Twin Peaks (@TwinPeaksDudes) July 8, 2016
What a mess. Reports from Dallas are awful. We need serious reform in our laws and enforcement not dead cops. #peace— Aaron Marsh (@AaronMarshMusic) July 8, 2016
Dallas Fox station reporting 3-6 officers hit.— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) July 8, 2016
SWAT Team is on the scene in Dallas. #KellyFile— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) July 8, 2016
My children just landed in dallas :(— Brody (@brodyjauregui) July 8, 2016
Please be careful #Dallas. Dear God.— Tiny Daniela (@tinydaniela) July 8, 2016
Police are responding to reports of a shooting at a protest in Dallas, Texas https://t.co/Eo8GjSlR8I— XZIBIT (@xzibit) July 8, 2016
Confirmed one cop has died, at least 3 others injured, non life threatening. At least 7 civilians injured. #Dallas— ѕyndιcalιѕт (@syndicalisms) July 8, 2016
Violence will NEVER bring peace! Killing innocent officers won't bring peace. Riots won't bring peace-We must embrace mercy & love. #dallas— Danny Gokey (@dannygokey) July 8, 2016
My hometown of #Dallas is in my thoughts and prayers tonight. Praying for peace.— Dalton Rapattoni (@DaltonRapattoni) July 8, 2016
My prayers are with those harmed in Dallas and with the first responders; we will be in touch w/ local authorities to assist however we can— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) July 8, 2016
Praying for #Dallas— Carter Reynolds (@carterreynolds) July 8, 2016
Please be safe Dallas #StoptheViolence— Jason Terry (@jasonterry31) July 8, 2016
Hurting for Dallas right now. It seems like we wake up or go to sleep reading more tragedies than not.I want to wake up from this nightmare.— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) July 8, 2016
Just heard about shootings in #Dallas Please everyone stop killing each other- no more guns. No more violence. No more murder. Horrible.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) July 8, 2016
praying for the families of the officers killed tonight in dallas. praying we stop trying to end hate with hate. only love can do that ----— christina perri (@christinaperri) July 8, 2016
How’s it Possible.Why is Man Able 2Walk Around W/Rifle--— Cher (@cher) July 8, 2016
Right 2 Carry⁉️Is He Man Who Killed Policemen⁉️Jesus----WHAT R We Doing 2 One ANOTHER
These Dallas shootings are horrific. Killing these officers is morally reprehensible and completely counterproductive to keeping us safe.— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 8, 2016
Being against cops killing is not equal to being for killing cops. We need peace in our streets.— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 8, 2016
Joe Walsh needs to be arrested for threatening our President. STFU @walshfreedom— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 8, 2016
Oh and Black Lives Matter activists are Real Americans too. Our ancestors more than paid for the right.— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 8, 2016
Violence is not the answer. A few Individuals should not be allowed to taint an entire group or movement. Let's use our heads and our hearts— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) July 8, 2016
So the NRA .IS..now..... wtf do they say? Jailing officers & NOT letting that mayhem continue is the answer. NOT shooting them.#WildWildWest— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) July 8, 2016