Officers scramble to track the gunman who killed five cops and injured 11 other people on July 7 in downtown Dallas
Credit Javier Giribet-Vargas / KERA News Special Contributor
On July 7, 2016, a peaceful protest was ending in downtown Dallas. It was a rally like many across the country —sparked by the deaths of black men shot by police in Baton Rouge, Minnesota and other cities. Then, suddenly, the atmosphere changed. A gunman opened fire. Five officers were killed. Nine others, and two civilians, were injured.
Here's a complete look at how KERA News covered what happened — from the protest to the shooting to the mourning. KERA profiled each of the slain officers in a series called Remembering the Fallen, and produced hours of coverage broadcast on public radio stations across the country.
The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A big chunk of downtown Dallas remains closed Monday morning, and traffic is a challenge. Commerce Street has opened up for access to the four government buildings in area. The iconic Bank of America building is expected to stay closed.
Sunday was a day of reflection in churches across North Texas -- the first Sunday following the deadly shooting in downtown Dallas. From pastors to congregants, their words focused on race, the police and a need to unite.
Three weeks before Micah Xavier Johnson opened fire on Dallas police, he offered to work security for protesters outside a Donald Trump appearance in Dallas. Organizers said “no way” – because Johnson wanted to bring a gun.
Dallas police chief David Brown says the suspect in the deadly attack on Dallas police officers scrawled letters in his own blood on the walls of the parking garage where officers cornered and later killed him.
As they sorted through their shock, horror and grief, Dallas residents gathered in Thanksgiving Square yesterday to pray for the victims of a sniper attack that left five law enforcement officers dead and nine people wounded on Thursday night.
Police have identified the shooter as Micah Xavier Johnson, a 25-year-old Army veteran who lived in Mesquite. On Friday, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said Johnson was upset about recent police shootings. KERA visited Johnson’s neighborhood and spoke to neighbors there.
The top stories this afternoon from KERA news: Dallas is just beginning to process the terror that shot through downtown Thursday night when a gunman opened fire at the end of a peaceful protest. Five police officers were killed; at least seven others were hurt, along with two civilians.
Soon after the Thursday night shooting, the first death was confirmed. Overnight, the death toll climbed. By early Friday morning, five officers were dead. At a press conference, Dallas Police Chief David Brown expressed his disbelief.
All five of those killed Thursday night at the Dallas protest were law enforcement officers — four of whom served with the Dallas Police Department, and a fifth who worked for Dallas Area Rapid Transit, or DART. That DART officer has been identified by the department as Brent Thompson.
The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A special report on Thursday night's shootings in downtown Dallas. The latest details on what happened when; interviews with witnesses; reaction from residents.
Emotions were already high as hundreds of protesters marched through downtown Dallas Thursday night, rallying against police shootings in Minnesota and across the country. Then gunshots erupted. Police officers were hit. Many died. A mayor choked back tears.