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Officers were responding to sniper shootings at Dallas protest site.

An unknown number of shooters using rifles shot at least 11 Dallas police officers leaving five dead so far and seven others wounded Thursday night during a demonstration protesting the police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana this week, according to Chief David O. Brown of the Dallas police.

Brown said preliminary details are that two snipers shot the 11 police officers from elevated positions during the rally in downtown. “Four are dead, two are in surgery, and three are in critical condition”, and “There are no suspects in custody at this time,” Brown said. “We believe these suspects have planned to plant a bomb in the area” and “we know that rifles were used to kill the police officers.”

The officers were taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital and another to Baylor University Medical Center. Mayor Mike Rawlings said “Let’s all come together and support our police officers” Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call Dallas police at 214-671-3485.

CNN aired videos depicting a man dressed in military-style clothing firing at an officer.  The officer had engaged the shooter but was unable to hit him before he was shot “three or four times in the back”, the maker of the video said. Additional eye-witness reports and videos have been surfacing on social media sites throughout the morning hours.

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