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breaking news this morning on "world news now." police officers shot dead in dallas. snipers ambushing police on duty at a protest march in downtown. ground. >> it played out with people running for cover as fellow officers searched for the source of the sniper fire. we have a reporter live on the ground. ws now."c news, this is "world good morning, everybody. i'm kendis gibson. >> and i'm diane macedo. we're going to the breaking news in dallas where the downtown area is in chaos as snipers targeted officers. >> 11 shot, 4 dead, 7 seriously injured and at least one bystander was seriously hurt.
police taking part from the -- people taking part in the protest said they could hear and feel bullets buzzing by their heads. it sent the crowd going for cover. >> let's get the latest from jim ryan. jim, what can you tell us so far? >> reporter: all we know is it's not over. there are police officers scattered throughout downtown dallas. some of them negotiate or at least try to negotiate with the man who is thought to be one of the two snipers on the second floor of a parking garage at the downtown community college campus. elsewhere civilians are moving around. a couple of the streets have reopened. many of the demonstrators taking part in the protest are around and watching what's happening here tonight as police try to bring this to some sort of a resolution. four police officers killed. 11 officers, some of them dallas area rapid transit, others dallas city police officers were woun
>> the dallas morning news calls this an ambush. about 100 officers there protecting protesters. the way this played out, did it seem like they were targeted? >> reporter: absolutely. if you consider these people, the shooters were up in high positions up in perches within parking garages and other high buildings shooting down into a crowd, able to pick off precisely the targets that they wanted to, and those being targets in police uniforms. they could have been shooting at civilians. instead they seemed precisely to be trying to pick off police officers and having success at it. >> that's jim ryan for us in dallas. jim, thank you so much. we understand the dallas police department are holding a press conference. we're going to check in on that. >> reporter: we have some of those notes for you. right on corner of lamar and ross. th
dallas, a wonderful community, a mix of new and old. and now the scene of terror. the dallas morning news calling this an ambush. police saying that these suspects wanted to target police officers and they did. four officers killed. you've heard us reporting this all evening long. what we've heard from the latest news conference is there are now three people in custody. there was a woman found around the area of el centro college's garage. this is where all the violence really went down, that garage was where at least one, maybe two of the snipers began firing down at officers. we have two men in custody. and there is one person currently in negotiations with police. but we're told he's been uncooperative. we're told there's still an exchange of gunfire and there have been shouts from that suspect that the end is coming, and that there are bombs planted all throughout downtown dallas. though police are saying there
truth to that. this is still an active scene. >> and adriennne is reporting to us live eastern time on the latest that is taking place there in dallas, and so it is an active thing. it has been busy throughout the night, police are saying that he's saying that he has bombs, but so far, have they been going building to building trying to figure out if that's the case? >> you know, they have been sending s.w.a.t. teams throughout. in fact our photographer on the scene was able to actually see and record video of s.w.a.t. teams going door to door at el centro, seeing if there was any type of connection between the folks who were inside and the shooters. obviously they're looking for bombs. obviously they're looking for any other evidence to build a case, because this is not only something that looks like a police targeted violence. but with some of these other clues, we're trying to find out if there's any other motivation involved for the bomb scare and for the shooting that ha
terrorized this community. >> adrienne, it seems such a short period of time to have planned such an elaborate attack. i wonder what police are saying about that aspect of things, and also what's the general sense there? are people on lock down? are they bracing right now? are people walking around and trying to figure out what's going on? >> reporter: this happened approximately 10 p.m. eastern. on the east coast, an hour earlier for central time. it was supposed to be a peaceful demonstration to support those who have been questioning the motives of police throughout the country, specifically two cases that have received a lot of high profile media attention this week. but we do know this. that this is a normally safe community, a quiet community. so many police officers streaming in with word that four
of their own have fallen. and a number are still critically fighting for their lives. this is something that is bringing this community together, though the streets have become much quieter now as we are entering about the fourth hour since all of this happened. a lot of folks weren't able to get back to their jobs on the other side of the police line. they had to be given rides home because trains and buses stopped in the area. a lot of bystanders have decided to call it a night, though there are still questions remaining as to why it had to happen in the first place. >> adrienne, as we mentioned before, you lived in the dallas area. and you still get back there once in a while. what's the relationship usually like between police and residents there? has it been contentious over the years? >> reporter: you know, that's a very good question. and there are different sides to the story. on the one hand, you know, men in uniform here are honored in texas. i mean, from firefighters to police officers, deputies,
they're all revered. but there have been some contentions, especially in light of recent years where we've seen questions about excessive use of force as we've seen in many large cities all across the country, but something like this where you have men who have essentially assassinated police officers, this is something that is unheard of in the dallas fort worth area, and it hits the heart of so many people who know someone, who have a loved one who works on the force. our hearts going out to those families tonight. >> our thank you to adrienne in dallas for us. we appreciate that, and our station in dallas has been on the scene throughout the night. here's an emotional moment from one of their reporters. >> reporter: when i got here, i can tell you what i witnessed, and there were officers swarming the hotel. there are people that were screaming. the shooter is nearby.
ground, get on the ground. officers in s.w.a.t. gear and the ar-15s came swarming into the hotel. i was crouched behind a pillar. they told me to get down, get down. an officer pointed a weapon. because not sure if i was the suspect, and so they told us to get on the ground. we got on the ground and obeyed their orders. a tense situation out here. i've never seen anything like this. >> unbelievable to see the reaction of people who were there, the terrifying moments, especially from someone like a reporter who is used to being in these chaotic scenes. that's what we're hearing from people we know and were on the ground. >> it was frightening. i spoke to a photographer in dallas. he was covering the protests. he said they're in their live truck and they hear the gunshots and he immediately impulsively grabbed his camera and ran to the scenes. he could hear the bullets buzzing by. he was there with police
officers and they were too busy trying to figure out where the shots were coming from to be bothered with the fact that there's a photographer here in the danger zone with them. a dramatic scene. even after they heard the initial gunshots, there were still 20 or 30 shots he heard once he got to the scene. >> we heard from adrienne before. there are windows of store fronts blown out, it looks like by gunfire. unclear if it was from the same snipers police are talking about or if there were additional shooters on the ground as well. still an active investigation. several suspects in custody and being spoken to and police are investigating several leads including whether or not there's bombs in the downtown area which was a threat that came from one of the suspects. >> but the bottom line, at least four police officers are dead this morning. 11 in all were shot. >> and a civilian injured as well. >> in an ambush in dallas. a morning like it's never had before. we'll be right back.
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you're looking at the flag outside the dallas police department head quarters. this morning the flag flying at half staff. mourn ing four officers shot when sniper fire rang out at what was otherwise a peaceful protest. 11 officers in total shot as well as a civilian who was also injured and police are now investigating what happened s there, including suspicion of bombs in the area. >> 3 officers are dallas officers and one is an officer
for the transit system. we want to get you other headlines. including a typhoon in taiwan. it's slamming taiwan with rain and ferocious winds. at least two people have been killed and dozens of others injured. the island is at a standstill with fishing boats, commercial vessels and planes grounded. hundreds of thousands are without power. more than 15,000 people were evacuated from the island. the typhoon seems to be weakening. officials are concerned about floods as well as landslides. >> in los angeles, a high profile racial attack. 7 members of a latino street gang have been charged with fire bombing the homes of black families to drive them out of a housing project. prosecutors say the attack in 2014 was meant to maximize damage in homes where the families including children were livering. if convicted they could face life in prison.
the state department is reopening the internal review into any mishandling of classified information by hillary clinton and her aids. the review stemming from the use of a private e-mail server was suspended in april so it wouldn't interfere with the fbi investigation. some people could lose their security clearances as a result. jim comey vigorously defended the decision not to prosecute hillary clinton in more than four hours of testimony. republicans accuse the fbi of showing a double standard for powerful people. comey insisted clinton was not given special treatment and he denied that the announcement was orchestrated. >> look me in the eye and listen to what i'm about to say. i did not coordinate that with anyone. the white house, the department of justice, nobody outside the fbi family had any idea what i was about to say. i say that under oath. i stand by that. >> republicans want the fbi to investigate whether clinton lied to congress and they want to deny her access to classified
information that's normally shared with presidential nominees. >> donald trump is making it clear he's not changing his message or tone. he held closed door meetings with republican lawmakers on capitol hill, and he blamed the media for showing him in a bad light. he called for unity, but exchanges were tense as questions were raised about his controversial statements and tweets. some lawmakers say they were encouraged by what he said. others were unimpressed. one describing the upcoming election as a dumpster fire. >> we'll continue to cover the breaking news at this hour. you have at least 11 area dallas police officers gunned down at a black lives matter protest. the emergency rooms are busy in dallas overnight with all those victims. >> investigators have their hands full as they try to piece together exactly what happened here. four officers dead. 7 more injured and a civilian injured as well. we'll have more reactions to that story just ahead.
and seven others are seriously injured as well as you mentioned before, there was one civilian who was injured as well. >> that's right. police say they have several suspects in custody they're talking to. they're also investigating possible threats of bombs in the area. again an active and fluid story. we are continuing to monitor that for you throughout the morning. >> it was really a chaotic scene with dozens of shots fired. we're continuing to monitor that. the president is flying right now or is traveling right now. he's in poland for a nato summit. his last nato summit of his administration, and we are told that the white house has reached out to the dallas mayor, but we're not exactly sure what the president might have said or we haven't received a statement from the president at this early hour, but that said, the president was emotional when he was reacting to minnesota and louisiana. the shootings. by sayin
the president said all americans should be troubled by the deaths in minnesota and louisiana. once again, this is before the developments in dallas. the president said to be concerned about this issue is not political correctness but just being an american. >> when people say black lives matter, that doesn't mean blue lives don't matter. it means all lives matter, but right now the big concern is the fact that the data shows black folks are more vulnerable to these kinds of incidents. >> when i've said that this really changes the narrative, you listen to that sound bite and you hear it completely change right there. the president talking about black lives matter and it doesn't mean that blue lives don't matter, but 12 hours later after he was saying that, a lot of people are saying yes, we need to pay attention to blue lives. >> they all matter, and the president said that the
incidents, but he also went on, again, before dallas, he did address that aspect of things saying that to attack what arguably is excessive force used by law enforcement is not to attack law enforcement itself. and he says that to voice those objections is reflective of the values of the mass majority of law enforcement and what they bring to the job. so, again, people still waiting to hear what the president will have to say once he knows about this. >> you have some of the more powerful black people in this country speaking out. beyonce in scotland she called for a moment of silence as she projected the names of dozens of victims who have been brutalized by police violence at home. it comes after she published an emotional statement on her website and called action to the minority community saying it is up to us to take a stand and demand that they stop killing us. so much has changed.
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daddy on a daily basis. >> this incident the is going to be investigated impartially and thoroughly. >> officer down. >> verbal contact with him. taking fire and returning fire. the suspect just reloaded rifle. >> the black male, black skin, camouflaged shirt. black shorts. don't know the kind of shoes. he was armed with an ar-15. we believe that was the shooter. >> our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. >> today is the best evidence ever that we've seen that our system is absolutely, totally rigged. it's rigged. >> there has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office than hillary clinton. ever.
>> this year patriotism should not be about pride of country. it should be be about love beyond race, religion and any other labels because the second any of us judge people based on those labels, we're not being patriotic, are we? >> what a resounding message given the breaking news that we have this morning. >> absolutely. it seems like so long ago all the developments. so much as changed within the last 48, 24, and 12 hours. we'll continue to follow the developments in dallas. 11 officers gunned down at a protest in a downtown area in the city of dallas. four of them have died. >> don't miss the updates on facebook. we'll continue to monitor the story here on abc news following our news updates as well as later on good morning america. following ou
breaking news in america. several police officers are dead after snipers opened fire. protesters running for their lives at a demonstration against police involved killings. officers taking cover and hunting for the gunman. suspect is now in custody. >> the suspect that we are negotiating with has told our negotiators that the end is coming and he's going to hurt and kill more of us. >> college students and staff locked down and stranded for hours, a major american city in shock this morning. this is a special edition of "america this morning."