Five Officers Dead, Seven Wounded After Sniper Who ‘Wanted to Kill White People’ Goes on Rampage

Dallas shooting(Reuters) At least one sniper in Dallas killed five police officers and wounded seven more in a coordinated attack that ended when police used a bomb to kill a shooter who told them he wanted to kill white officers, authorities said Friday.

The attack came during one of several protests across the United States against the killing of two black men by police this week, the latest in a long string of killings that gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Police described Thursday night’s ambush as carefully planned and executed and said they had taken three people into custody before killing the fourth after a long standoff in a downtown garage.

“We had an exchange of gunfire with the suspect. We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters at City Hall.

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

In talking with police negotiators, the suspect said he was not affiliated with any group, according to Brown.

The attack came in a week that two black men were fatally shot by police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and outside Minneapolis. The killings, both now the subject of official investigations, inflamed tensions about race and justice in the United States.

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Quinyetta McMillon, who had a child with Alton Sterling, the black man slain by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, earlier this week, condemned the Dallas attack in a statement.

“We wholeheartedly reject the reprehensible acts of violence that were perpetrated against members of the Dallas Police Department,” McMillon said. “Regardless of how angry or upset people may be, resorting to this kind of sickening violence should never happen and simply cannot be tolerated.”

A Twitter account describing itself as representing the Black Lives Matter movement sent the message: “Black Lives Matter advocates dignity, justice and freedom. Not murder.”

Some of the largest police forces in the United States were on high alert on Friday, following the attacks in Dallas, with departments in New York and Boston ordering officers to patrol in pairs.

PANIC IN THE STREETS

The shots rang out as a protest in Dallas was winding down, sending marchers screaming and running in panic through the city’s streets.

It was the deadliest day for police in the United States since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington.

A total of 12 police officers and two civilians were shot during the attack, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said. Three of the officers who were shot were women, he said.

Rawlings told CBS News the people in custody, including one woman, were “not being cooperative” with police investigators. He said the assailant who was dead was being fingerprinted and his identity checked with federal authorities.

Brown declined to say how many people were involved in the attack, saying, “We’re going to keep these suspects guessing.”

There was no sign of international links to the attacks, U.S. officials said on Friday.

One of the dead officers was identified as Brent Thompson, 43. He was the first officer killed in the line of duty since Dallas Area Rapid Transit formed a police department in 1989, DART said on its website. Thompson joined DART in 2009.

Earlier, Brown said the shooters, some in elevated positions, used rifles to fire at the officers in what appeared to be a coordinated attack.

“(They were) working together with rifles, triangulating at elevated positions in different points in the downtown area where the march ended up going,” Brown told a news conference.

A video taken by a witness shows a man with a rifle crouching at ground level and shooting a person who appeared to be wearing a uniform at close range. That person then collapsed to the ground.

Reuters could not immediately confirm the authenticity of the video.

‘DESPICABLE ATTACK’

President Barack Obama, who was traveling in Poland, expressed his “deepest condolences” to Rawlings on behalf of the American people.

“I believe I speak for every single American when I say that we are horrified over these events and we are united with the people and police department in Dallas,” he said.

Obama said the FBI was in contact with Dallas police and that the federal government would provide assistance.

“We still don’t know all of the facts. What we do know is that there has been a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement,” he said.

The shooting, which erupted shortly before 9 p.m. CDT (0100 GMT), occurred near a busy area of downtown Dallas filled with restaurants, hotels and government buildings.

Mayor Rawlings advised people to stay away on Friday morning as police combed the area. Transportation was halted and federal authorities stopped commercial air traffic over the area as police helicopters hovered.

The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area is one of the nation’s most populous and is home to more than 7 million people.

The Dallas shooting happened as otherwise largely peaceful protests unfolded around the United States after the police shooting of Philando Castile, a 32-year-old black man, on Wednesday during a traffic stop near St. Paul, Minnesota.

The day earlier, police in Baton Rouge shot dead Sterling, 37, while responding to a call alleging he had threatened someone with a gun.

Over the last two years, there have been periodic and sometimes violent protests over the use of police force against African-Americans in cities from Ferguson, Missouri, to Baltimore and New York. Anger has intensified when the officers were acquitted in trials or not charged at all.

Dallas is a pioneer in training its police officers in de-escalation techniques, Rawlings told reporters, saying the department had the lowest number of police-involved shootings of any large American city.

‘THE END IS COMING’

The suspect in the Dallas standoff had told police “the end is coming” and that more police were going to be hurt and killed.

Police said they were questioning two occupants of a Mercedes they had pulled over after the vehicle sped off on a downtown street with a man who threw a camouflaged bag inside the back of the car. A woman was also taken into custody near the garage where the standoff was taking place.

Mayor Rawlings visited the wounded at Parkland hospital, the same hospital where President John F. Kennedy was taken after he was shot in Dallas in November 1963.

Outside the hospital, officers stood in formation and saluted as bodies of the officers were about to be transported.

Presidential candidates Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton canceled planned events following the attack.

“Our nation has become too divided. Too many Americans feel like they’ve lost hope,” Trump said in a statement. “This is a time, perhaps more than ever, for strong leadership, love and compassion. We will pull through these tragedies.”

Clinton said on Twitter: “I mourn for the officers shot while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protesters, for their families & all who serve with them.”


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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    The Western schools must educate all children to utmost respect the white Christian males of yesteryears and the white Christian settlers. The white people’s land adopted Christianity as a region first. The white people translated the Holy Bible into common languages and spread it into the whole world, sent out the life-saving missionaries everywhere establishing charity and literacy and medicine, developed Biblical theology and created superb religious music that is unequal on earth, gave the world civility and lawfulness and inventions. Christian white people were the educators of the world and the inventors/defenders of the God-given human rights and freedom. They ablished much of barbarism and demon-worships in the world. The list is literally endless. No other race is even close to the white people regarding spreading the life-saving Christianity and all kinds of contributions and inventions and development of the world. Godless liberal education ruined the nation. Non-christian mind does not cherish human life equally.

    • Peter Leh

      grace… you might need to keep quite

      this revenge killing is in direct response to the historical continuation of the white southern christian in america for the last 400 years

      • Amos Moses

        “grace… you might need to keep quite”

        No ………….. she should not “keep quite” ………… she should speak the truth, loud, long and CLEAR, in season, out of season, when it is popular, and when it is not, with all long suffering and DOCTRINE ………… which she consistently does …… and has this time also ……………

        • Peter Leh

          the start with the truth not a lie.

          I am not talking doctrine, btw

          • Amos Moses

            She did ………. on both counts ………

          • Peter Leh

            start with the SBC formation in 1845

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            USA never stops having troubles because some Americans attack such good entities as SBC. A lot of colored people are SBC because SBC is one of the nicest.

          • Peter Leh

            what else?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            That’s it. Stop biting the feeding hand, please. We were all fed by SBC, remember?

          • Peter Leh

            I that is it.. you dont know the history of the SBC. 🙂

            Therefore you need to keep quite

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Read Frederick Douglass. Stop attacking the white people.

          • Peter Leh

            no one is attacking white people.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are. What noble things were other races doing to each other outside of SBC?

          • Becky

            There is no such thing as “other races”. If you believe in God then surely you must believe we (all human beings) came from one set of parents, Adam and Eve. Please, don’t perpetuate this “race” divide that only adds fuel to the fire. It should end with us as Christians. No?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            God divided mankind because raw humans only do mega evil by being united. (Genesis ch.11) The Holy Bible does talk about boundaries, tribes, clans, and language groups in the Book of Acts and Revelation. I meant the physical descendants of Christian Europeans and Christian European settlers in all former British colonies by saying “white people.” Racial reconciliation in USA is possible only when today’s white people stop blaspheming against Christianity and attacking their own white Christian ancestors and honor their Christian parents and stop supporting sexual immorality.

            Immorality fuels hatred in America’s case. Hatred exists in different groups even apart from racial differences. Men only need some starters to do violence senselessly. I think some American black people commit violences against the white people because they have been consistently educated to hate the white people of yesteryears by today’s white liberals directly and indirectly. If people learn the human nature and the world history properly, no one will hate white people or any particular group for that matter. White people in the West downgraded their noble forefathers too much, without telling the whole stories to themselves and to the world. Humans do not respect parents-bashers.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Thank you for your compassion. I’m a yellow and I think my tribe is quite racist; we just don’t admit, as most other races are that way. American Christians are amazing; they are the nicest to outsiders and they truly manifest the love of God to all, which I’m really grateful. Immigrants( legal or illegal) will never go bad if they encounter the properly-dressed Evangelical Christians a lot.

          • Amos Moses

            You are not a “yellow” ………… you are a sister in Christ Jesus ………….. there is no color of spirit in Christ Jesus ………

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Thank you again, Brother in Christ.

          • Becky

            Amen. I cannot stand to hear someone refer to themselves, or any other person, as a color (white, black, etc). We’re all human beings that come from all over the world, but those nations do not determine a race or color. We all come from one set of parents, Adam and Eve.

          • Charles

            Amen.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        When one suffers, all suffer. We all learned the most essential vital life-giving things from the Christian white people. The favor must be forever remembered and returned. Godless secular whites indocrinated the world to disrespect the noble Christian white people. Their liberal education taught global children lies and planted racial hatred. It’s been suicidal for the white people; no other race is doing such thing although every race should really blame the present itself for the ills in the world. Secular white people MUST stop hating Christianity and start respecting their Christian ancestors and Christian parents who were morally better. They did not massacre the unborn babies or force Sodomy upon mankind like today’s generation is doing. Everyone must keep God’s laws. “Honor your father and your mother.” (Exodus ch.20)

        • Peter Leh

          start with the formation of the SBC in 1845

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            They got formed for preservation of God’s truth and helping the poor and commoners.

          • Peter Leh

            what else did they do?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Preaching the Gospel. Stop attacking SBC. A lot of colored love SBC because SBC are the nicest to the colored. Many Earthlings oppose inter-racial marriage.

          • Peter Leh

            Grace, no one is attacking history. What else did the SBC do?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            A lot of life-saving charity. What else?

          • Peter Leh

            Formed in 1845 to continue to enslave black americans ?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            They are the ones who educated the black people and gave literacy to everyone. Freedom is automatic if one starts reading the Holy Bible.

      • hytre64

        There has not been an “America” for 400 years, so it is impossible for “White Southern Christians in America” to have been doing anything for 400 years.

        • axelbeingcivil

          Actually, although the United States has been an official nation for only about 240 years now, the first colonies in what is now America began in the 1600s, and the first African slaves were imported to Virginia in 1619.

          That means that, in three years, it will have been four-hundred years since African slaves were imported to what is now the United States by Europeans. Since the Virginia colony was one of the founding members of the United States, there is a direct continuity of slave ownership through and through.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Summary of history: Men have been enslaving women since shortly after Noah’s time. Non-West was beaten up by the Christian West because of all the demon-worships and barbarism. Today’s West is going down because of blasphemy and manual population control and abnormal sexual immorality. Other worlds did not have freedom longer than some decades. The Gospel kept advancing to the end of the world, saving souls everywhere.

          • Samuel Villa

            Please don’t forget how slaves were brought to the African coastline to be sold; vicious warring tribes that looked exactly like them. Stop dividing people along racial lines, it is a lie from the pits of hell. Slaves have existed in all races throughout history. Evil exists because of Satan’s rebellion and man’s poor choices when given free will.

          • axelbeingcivil

            Slaves have indeed existed from all races throughout history, but in the colonies and the United States, slavery was entirely done along racial lines. Just because it was different elsewhere doesn’t remove the blatant racial element from that practiced in the Americas.

            Humanity is, and should be, one big family; the colour of our skin shouldn’t divide us as it does. On this, we agree. But the truth is that humans -have- divided ourselves along this arbitrary difference, and we can’t ignore the stigmas, abuses, and cultural trends that those divisions have left in our society. Perceived differences might not exist, but the social consequences of people having those perceptions are very real.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    May God have mercy and heal and save the live victims and comfort and save the families and friends of all victims.

  • hytre64

    When ALL police are vilified by Black Lives Matter and “White Folk” are denigrated for automatically being racist and having “White Advantage”, are you really surprised that a few people go off the deep end, feel oppressed and try to take it out on those whom they have been told are oppressing them?

    • Peter Leh

      historically the black community has been targeted by authorities for 400 years

      • Amos Moses

        THE TRUTH ABOUT COPS KILLING BLACKS
        Larry Elder notes whites are 1.7 times more likely to die at the hands of police
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        Let’s start with 2014, the last year for which there are official records. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the police killed 261 whites and 131 blacks. The CDC also found that from 1999 to 2013, the police killed almost twice the number of whites compared to blacks, 3,160 and 1,724, respectively.

        Activists promptly note that whites account for nearly 65 percent of the population and that, therefore, one would expect whites to comprise most of those killed by cops. And we are told that blacks, while 13 percent of the population, represent a much greater percentage of those killed by cops. Institutional, systemic, structural racism!

        Here’s what those promoting the “police disproportionately kill black people” narrative consistently omit. Whites, despite being almost 65 percent of the population, disproportionately commit less of the nation’s violent crime – 10 percent. Blacks, at 13 percent of the population, disproportionately commit more violent crime. As to murders, black commit nearly half. Yet whites are 50 percent of cop killings.

        Criminology professor Peter Moskos looked at the numbers of those killed by officers from May 2013 to April 2015 and found that 49 percent were white, while 30 percent were black. “Adjusted for the homicide rate,” says Moskos, “whites are 1.7 times more likely than blacks to die at the hands of police.” So if anything, whites have more to complain about than Mr. Williams.

        What about traffic stops and race? Surely cops racially profile blacks, wrongly and disproportionately stopping them? Not according to the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the Department of Justice. In its 2013 report, “Race, Trust and Police Legitimacy,” the NIJ found that 75 percent of blacks admitted that they were stopped for “legitimate reasons.” And it turns out blacks disproportionately commit traffic offenses, whether speeding, driving without a license, driving with expired tags, driving without the seat belt on or without a car seat for a baby, and so on. Numerical disparities, said the NIJ, result from “differences in offending” in addition to “differences in exposure to the police” and “differences in driving patterns.”

        • Peter Leh

          Thanks Pastor Amos.

          start in 1650

          • Amos Moses

            Here are 10 interesting and important nuggets of wisdom from Kinchlow’s “Black Yellowdogs:”

            1. The first official legal slaveholder in the American colonies was Anthony Johnson, a black man.In 1654 Johnson took his black indentured servant, John Casor, to court, alleging he had actually purchased Casor as a slave who was meant to serve Johnson for life. The court ruled in Johnson’s favor, and as Kinchlow noted, this appeared to be the first legal sanction of slavery, except as punishment for a crime, in the English New World colonies.
            In fact, black ownership of slaves was not uncommon in the early part of U.S. history. According to the 1830 U.S. Census, of the 10,689 free blacks living in New Orleans, more than 3,000 were slave masters.

            2. The Republican Party was founded on opposition to slavery.It was a group of likeminded citizens in Wisconsin who formed a new political party in 1854 for the express purpose of stopping the spread of slavery into the federal territories. Of the 17 planks in the early Republican Party platform, seven directly or indirectly called for the abolition of slavery.

            3. The so-called “Radical Republicans” were considered radical because they favored not only the abolition of slavery, but complete equality for the newly freed slaves.Kinchlow noted the 1860s were long before the days of political correctness. The “Radical Republicans” had very little to gain by supporting the rights of ex-slaves to full citizenship. Moreover, it was a racist Democratic president, Andrew Johnson, who repeatedly rejected congressional Republicans’ attempts to assist the freed slaves.

            4. In the immediate post-Civil War years, some Democrats did not believe a black man was capable of writing a good speech.Black congressman Robert Brown Elliott, R-S.C., once debated several Democratic opponents over a civil rights bill on the floor of the U.S. House. Democrats could not refute his argument on its merits, so they charged that Elliott had not actually written his floor speech. They argued a Negro by himself “could accomplish nothing of literary excellence.”

            5. Almost 30 percent of Ku Klux Klan victims were white.The Klan targeted white Republicans for being “n—– lovers” who wanted to help blacks secure their constitutionally guaranteed rights. Meanwhile, the KKK became a significant Democratic constituency group, helping to elect legislators, sheriffs, judges and mayors who went on to become Klan members.

            6. Democrats, either by filibuster or committee, never allowed a single federal anti-lynching measure to become law.When the House passed an anti-lynching bill in 1922, southern Democrats killed it, arguing it was unconstitutional because it interfered with state and local authority. House Democrats also filibustered to death anti-lynching measures in 1937 and 1940.

            7. In the 1876 presidential election, 99 percent of blacks voted Republican.Black Democrats were so rare that one congressman mentioned his encounter with one the Congressional Record in 1868. Meanwhile, 90 percent of blacks voted Democrat in the 2000 election.

            8. A majority of blacks actually agree with Republicans on many public policy issues.Kinchlow reported a majority of blacks supported school prayer, education vouchers, faith-based initiatives, the death penalty, and English as the official U.S. language. Meanwhile, polls indicated a majority of blacks opposed same-sex “marriage,” the legalization of pot and even race-based affirmative action.

            9. The NAACP sued then-Gov. Bill Clinton in 1989 for violating the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965.A three-judge panel in Arkansas ordered Clinton to redraw electoral districts to allow blacks greater voting strength. This was the man considered “our first black president.”

            10. Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 at greater rates than Democrats did.This was true in both the House and Senate. House Republicans out-supported Democrats on the Civil Rights Act 81 to 60 percent and on the Voting Rights Act 85 to 80 percent. Senate Republicans out-supported Democrats on the Civil Rights Act 82 to 60 percent and on the Voting Rights Act 97 to 74 percent.

          • Peter Leh

            Thanks Pastor Amos.

            Who were the Southern Christians in the above?

          • hytre64

            The Christians are the ones who understood that “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” and “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

      • hytre64

        I assume that you are talking about this land in North America, as our country has not been around that long, nor did we occupy at least 70% of the land until after 1803…

        Or are you talking world-wide? If so, I can assure you that the authorities in Africa have not been “targeting the black community” for 400 years.

    • Amos Moses

      The spirit of lawlessness has been promoted in this land and is being given full reign ……

  • Peter Leh

    From a poster: “Race is an issue. It’s real and has been for the entirety of the life of
    our country. I’ve tried to teach my kids about the challenges police
    live with every day–it’s not to be taken lightly. I’ve also tried to
    teach them about the fact that nobody knows that they have a great heart
    and that they do great things when they’ve been pulled over or
    approached by law enforcement officers. I’ve tried to teach them how to
    act during interactions with police. I have many friends who
    tell me I shouldn’t have to do that. But my parents told me and I tell
    them. I can be both for the majority of police officers that go out with
    the intent to protect and serve and who put their life on the line
    every day, AND I can be for my kid’s lives, my sister and my brothers’
    lives, and my own life who might fit a profile for a bad police officer
    out there somewhere. Both of my brothers and I have fit that profile in
    the past and have been detained/pulled over just because. My heart aches
    and my frustration is real but the world isn’t any better for that. If I
    get a chance to make a difference, I will.”

  • Peter Leh

    My Town. My Grief

  • Amos Moses

    You want t system, a country, a life ………….. free from christian influence ……………. here it is ….. AGAIN ……………………

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      USA needs Christianity. It is the lifeline of the entire nation.

    • Faithwalker

      Jesus tells us:
      The thief (satan) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly John 10:10.

  • TheBottomline4This

    All lives matter.
    People can choose whatever object to harm others.
    It could be a gun, car, knife, bomb, an airplane into a building, etc.
    It’s those with ill intent that are the problem, not these objects.
    Objects can do no harm unless a person with ill intent chooses to use the object in a way that will harm others.
    If we’re going to ban objects, then that is not going to stop those with ill intent from still getting access to whatever they want to use to harm any of us.
    Criminals will still get access to guns, bombs, etc. Restricting law abiding citizens who wouldn’t even think of harming anyone with any of these objects is putting a bandaid on the issue.

  • Becky

    “‘Our nation has become too divided. Too many Americans feel like they’ve lost hope,’ Trump said in a statement. ‘This is a time, perhaps more than ever, for strong leadership, love and compassion. We will pull through these tragedies.'”

    And, his divisive rhetoric hasn’t helped at all. This angers me to the core…the division started long ago with the “race” lie. The government has done a thorough job indoctrinating its citizens with the notion that we are a “melting pot” of so many different “races”. Rubbish! We, as Christians, should help to put an end to such nonsense. We should not refer to ourselves/others as a color (white, black, etc), especially Christians. The word of God does not teach that we are made up of different “races”. We know better…from one and the same set of parents came forth all human beings.

  • Gena B

    I think all the killing this last week has been so sad. When the media shows the white officer killing someone, where is the media when a black officer kills. Or how about a black person shooting a cop, where is the outrage? It’s ALL bad, regardless, perhaps outlawing all guns is the answer.

    • Samuel Villa

      It is Satan’s hold on the media and affected politicians/leaders. This is a strategic plan from the Evil one being executed by the willing minions.

    • Samuel Villa

      It’s seems a reasonable thought to outlaw guns, but then only the outlaws will have them. One can’t expect 100’s of millions of guns to evaporate, they will still be here. Satan wants chaos, that’s what his minions in the media and political leadership want. His plan is working so far. The Gospel, Do not be deceived, God is not mocked, as a man sows so shall he reap. The Sovereign God of the universe still sits on His Throne with the Son sitting at His Right Hand and the Holy Spirit manifested in us.

  • Nidalap

    One can almost imagine Doctor King’s voice telling the BLM group that they are bound. They are bound in chains of hatred more cruel than any iron. And it has made them…slaves…

  • Amos Moses

    HOW’S THAT GOD-FREE ZONE WORKING OUT, AMERICA?
    Exclusive: Craige McMillan asserts, ‘we have to ask, collectively, for help as a nation’

  • Coach

    In the midst of these protests, if anyone lives near one, perfect opportunity to take a bullhorn and a Bible. The power of the Word of God. We need each other in these perilous times, but contrary to the together2016 nonsense, our unity is in truth. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all the saints.