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Friday, July 8, 2016

Facts That We know About The Dallas Sniper Shootings (+video)


aksu360 newsdesk has been inundated for several hours over report of fatal shootings in Dallas during a protest over Police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana. We have followed the occurrence closely via various channels and thus far, here are the facts aksu360 has established:

(1) Dallas Protests Planned for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile
A peaceful protest took place in Dallas July 7 to raise awareness of the Police killings of Alton Sterling, 37, by Baton Rouge, La., police officers, and Philando Castile, 32, by a Minnesota police officer. At the rally’s conclusion, shots rang out. 

(2) 12 Dallas Police Officers Shot; 5 Confirmed Dead
Twelve officers were shot by at least two snipers, who took up “elevated positions” along the protest route. Two civilians were also wounded in the attack, which began around 9:00pm local time. Five of the officers are confirmed dead, including Dallas Area Rapid Transit Officer Brent Thompson, 43.

(3) Mark Hughes Wrongly Identified as “Person of Interest” in Sniper Shooting
Mark Hughes, a black man carrying an AR-15 assault rifle at the peaceful rally, was targeted as a “person of interest” by Dallas Police Department. He was interrogated and released, but not before his image was splashed across social and mainstream media, placing his life in grave danger.
 
Mark Hughes - Wrongly Identified by DPD as the suspected sniper
 (4) Another Sniper Suspect Shot Dead by Dallas PD
After a protracted standoff, Dallas police said they “neutralized” the suspect, who has now been reported dead. 

At a press conference Friday morning (July 8), Dallas police chief David Brown offered these details about the shooter who was killed after the garage standoff:

“There suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter. He said he was upset about the recent police shootings. The suspect said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”


Meanwhile, President Obama (POTUS) has made a statement on the tragic event in Dallas. Watch the President's remark in the video below:


(5) The Sniper Identified
After the shootings in downtown Dallas, the gunman, identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, holed himself up inside El Centro College in the downtown area of the city. He told police he was “not affiliated with any groups,” and he said he “did this alone”. Johnson told police negotiators the “end is coming” and said he wanted to “kill more” officers, according to Brown. Police said after several hours of negotiating, with intermittent exchanges of gunfire, the suspect was killed by a bomb-wielding robot.

“We tried to negotiate for several hours, negotiations broke down, we had an exchange of gunfire with the suspect,” Brown said. “We saw no other option but to use our bomb-robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was. Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is dead a result of detonating the bomb.”

Sniper Micha Xavier, now deceased 

The attack marks the deadliest day for US law enforcement since 9/11. The shooting took place just blocks away from the site where Lee Harvey Oswald shot US president John F. Kennedy in 1963. According to authorities, this is the worst attack on law-enforcement officers since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when 72 police officers were killed.

More updates as we have it....

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