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good morning, america. breaking overnight, ambush in dallas. snipers open fire on police taking aim from high above. >> shots fired. >> hitting 11 officers, at least five killed. some in critical condition, a mom trying to protect her children also shot. >> go! >> people running for their lives ducking behind cars for cover. >> the kret scene unfolding at a peaceful protest against those fatal police shootings. >> plan to injure and kill as many law enforcement officers as they could. >> one suspect surrounded by police exchanging gunfire. others in custody as police search for more accomplices and possible bombs. >> it's all come together in support of our police officers. >> the nation trying to make sense of it all.
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>> it has been a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement. >> this morning, america in crisis, ambush in dallas. our special coverage begins right now. and good morning, america. afraid we are bringing you grim news this morning. that horrifying scene in dallas overnight. the deadliest attack on law enforcement since 9/11. one of the many peaceful protests against police shootings took a fatal turn. >> and here is what we know at this hour. police say at least two snipers were involved shooting 11 officers and one protester mom with her children. five police officers have been killed. three suspects are currently in custody. one woman and two men. >> another suspect appears to be dead and there you see the officers standing guard outside parkland hospital saluting those who lost their lives protecting the injured and this morning dallas just reeling. this is the front page of "the dallas morning news." >> "ambush."
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you are looking at live aerials of the scene. buildings are on lockdown right now. flights temporarily restricted over the city of dallas. abc's phillip mena is on the scene there with the latest. good morning, phillip. >> reporter: robin, good morning. this city is in shock. it started as a peaceful protest but in the end it turned into a targeted attack on police officers. the deadliest in dallas' history. the mayor here simply saying, our worst nightmare has happened. at 6 p.m. hundreds gather peacefully in downtown dallas to protest the two recent fatal shootings of black men and some protesters taking pictures with dallas pd showing their solidarity. at 8:45 a mile from city hall shots rang out. >> shots fired. >> officers scramble to secure the scene. >> shots fired. >> reporter: moving protesters out of harm's way. >> we got shots fired.
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>> get out of here. >> reporter: the shots grow louder. as at least two snipers fire on police from elevated positions. patrick cooper filming this video inside el centro college, where one of the snipers appears to be shooting from above. >> somebody is shooting. >> reporter: this chilling video shows one of the gunmen taking aim at a police officer. he misses twice before firing the deadly shot. >> we got a guy with a long rifle. we don't know where the hell he's at. >> reporter: the dallas police chief calling it an ambush against law enforcement. >> we believe that these suspects were positioning themselves in a way to triangulate on these officers from two different perches in garages and planned to injure and kill as many law enforcement officers as they could. >> reporter: bystanders also caught in the carnage. >> get back! >> right as she started to run she caught a bullet in the back of her right calf.
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she immediately jumped on top of one of her sons. >> reporter: teresa williams staying us her sister shetamia taylor at the rally to peacefully protest with her four sons was shot in the leg while trying to shield her boys recovering in the hospital. >> all she said is my prayers go out for the families of the cops who lost their lives. >> reporter: the manhunt paralyzing the city. reports of possible bombs planted by the shooters causing panic. three suspects now in custody. seven hours after the first shots fired, the last remaining gunman shot dead by police. as morning breaks here, 11 officers shot. five killed. including 43-year-old officer brent thompson, the city's mayor calling the shooting heartbreaking. >> i ask everybody to focus on one thing right now and that is our dallas police officers, their family, those that are deceased, those that are in the
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hospital fighting for their lives. let's all come together and support our police officers. >> reporter: this morning county offices and many businesses downtown are closed as a precaution. one of the snipers had claimed that there were bombs planted downtown, but so far police are saying that no explosives have been found. george. >> thank goodness for that. okay, phillip, thanks very much. there is an all-out search to find out more about who is behind this. federal law enforcement joining dallas police in the investigation and our senior justice correspondent pierre thomas is tracking all the developments from washington. good morning, pierre. >> reporter: good morning, george. of great concern is the fact that there appear to be so many suspects possibly as many as four. it looks like there must have been a level of cooperation and police say there were at least two snipers shooting from elevated positions. if that's true this is unlike anything we've seen since the washington snipers when they terrorized the d.c. region more than a decade ago. one of them was allegedly firing at police claiming that there were bombs throughout the area
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and checking reports he may have been neutralized and that the standoff is over. >> what more do we know about how the others were apprehended? >> reporter: one of the suspects was arrested in a garage, a female and we also know that two suspects were taken into custody after they were fleeing the scene at a high rate of speed. police throughout the country are now on high alert. the situation is fluid because police are telling me this was a calculated cold-blooded assassination. >> of course, federal law enforcement officials already on such high alert because of what we've been seeing all across the country. there have been protests mostly peaceful across the country but always a great concern something like this could happen. >> reporter: george, the laundry list of who might be involved is pretty broad. i just got off the phone with law enforcement officials. you have to look at the possibility of islamic radicals and look at the possibility of people reacting to those shootings. also the possibility that it's some kind of domestic terrorism. everything is on the table. they're trying to get more information about these suspects so they can do a deep background
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check to see what might be at play. >> could not be more chilling. thanks very much. >> all right, george. joining us is reverend jeff hood. he is one of the people who planned the protest in dallas last night and, reverend, thank you so much for joining us this morning and our thoughts are with you and everyone there in your city. you were one of the organizers for the protest. tell us the reason for it and what was the atmosphere like before the shootings. >> well, you know, certainly here in dallas and just like in many other parts of the country people were upset about what happened in baton rouge. they were upset about what happened in st. paul, and we wanted people to have a healthy place to, you know, engage their anger, to grieve, to comfort each other, to network and, you know, this protest started out as a really beautiful thing and we certainly accomplished those spaces of anger, those spaces of grief and those spaces of
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networking, and, you know, as we marched through the streets of dallas there was a real solidarity, a real peace. i mean, the police remarked that this was an incredibly nonviolent protest considering the amount of people that we have, and we turned, you know, coming home, it had been a beautiful protest and turned to come home and i was sitting there and i was talking to one of the sergeants at the police department and all of a sudden i heard pop, pop, and i look up, and i see two bodies on the ground and i heard, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop. and when you engage something like that, i mean, obviously here in america we're so used to violence that when you engage something like that your initial thought is, oh, it's a firecracker. it's not real, and as, you know, i sat there and i looked, you know, i was toughing my body, i was touching my chest because i really felt like it was possible that i was shot. and so as the sergeant ran towards the shooting, i ran back
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to tell the crowd, back up, back up, active shooter, active shooter. run away, run away, and things went from beautiful to evil very quickly. >> it did very quickly like that and we said the majority of the protests around the country have been peaceful but there's always the concern that something not like this but that there could be some altercations. just describe more of what other people were doing when all of this was taking place, when the shootings were taking place. >> certainly. people were, you know, walking down the street. i mean, there was perhaps a little chanting and, you know, the energy was high, but we were winding down. it it wasn't like we were kicking back up. when this happened, we, again, were taking it to the ending, we were landing the protest, landing the march, and it just was astonishing to me that how quickly things changed. >> to use the president's words, tragedy like this he said it was despicable, a word that many people are using and horrific. so many emotions about what
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happened there in dallas, of course, not just there in dallas but around the country and also as you had mentioned earlier those police-involved shootings in minnesota and louisiana. as a reverend, what is your message to people in these troubling times, reverend hood? >> stop shooting each other. stop shooting each other. turn to love. love is the only answer that we have to heal our communities. stop shooting each other. >> murder is never the answer. reverend jeff hood, thank you very much and, again, our thoughts and prayers with everyone there, especially the officers and their families in this time. thank you, sir. >> thank you very much. >> george. >> okay, robin, we turn to the -- let's get more from the attorney general of texas, ken paxton, mr. paxton, thank you for joining us this morning. we are thinking and praying for the families of those victims right now and all the people of texas. what more can you tell us about
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those injured officers now in the hospital? >> well, let me just say this. this is a sad day for texas. it's a resilient state but we're praying for the families as well. we won't forget the fallen heroes and want them to know we support them. i don't have a lot of details yet on the condition of some of the people who were injured. but i think we'll have that relatively soon. >> and what more do we know about the suspects here, three suspects now in custody? >> that's my understanding is they have three in custody at this moment. >> and one of the shooters apparently dead, as well. do we know how many of the suspects were actual shooters. some reports that two snipers on the scene. do we know if there were two or more? >> there's still many, many policemen down here investigating that. i don't think they've made a final determination and so that's why this is it still a major crime scene. the largest one i've ever seen. i used to work a couple of blocks here. it's very surreal and nothing like i've ever seen downtown dallas in the 25 years or so i've been here.
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>> so this is still an active crime scene. do you think that you have all of the possible suspects and their accomplices in custody? >> i'm not sure we totally know that. they're still searching. also threats there were bombs around the city. >> as president obama said, vicious, calculated and despicable attack. this was also quite sophisticated, wasn't it? >> it was. just by how they were positioned, the heights and locations and timing of it and also the type of weapons they used to do it. >> and any concern now, though, about more attacks? >> i think you always have a concern after you see something like this and so i think that people need to be on guard for potential attacks in other places and maybe here, so i think we're definitely on a higher alert here and around the state. >> such a tense and sad situation. mr. attorney general, thanks very much for your time this morning. >> appreciate you having me on. >> boy, it is still a very scary scene in dallas. >> it certainly is and the
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protests in dallas sparked by those deadly shootings in minnesota and louisiana where a woman livestreamed the fatal confrontation with her boyfriend there and calls for an immediate federal investigation and abc's gio benitez is on the scene for us in minneapolis with the latest. good morning, gio. >> reporter: robin, good morning to you. we are at the governor's mansion. the epicenter of the protests in minnesota and take a look. you can see all those signs there, justice for philando as we learn new details about the officer. overnight protests across the country following the shooting deaths of alton sterling and philando castile. in new york city, several arrested during a sit-in. protesters in oakland, california, shutting down a major highway. >> no justice, no peace. >> reporter: in d.c. a thousand protesters gathering with house democrats on the capitol stairs and in front of the white house. castile's shot in the driver's
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seat after being stopped for a broken taillight. >> so he's licensed to carry. >> reporter: his girlfriend captured the horrifying aftermath. >> you shot four bullets into him, sir. he was just getting his license and registration, sir. >> reporter: her 4-year-old daughter comforts her after witnessing it from the backseat. >> it's okay. i'm here with you. >> i told him not to reach for it. i told him to get his hand up. >> reporter: police identifying the shooting officer as geronimo yonis now on paid live. >> they took his life for no reason. they did this to my daughter and they did it to me and i want justice and i want it. >> reporter: minnesota's governor is calling for the department of justice to investigate. >> would it happen if the passenger was white. i don't think so. >> reporter: his community demanding answers and his grandfather sitting down with us.
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>> you don't pull him over for a taillight and kill him. he was scared. that's ridiculous. >> reporter: hundredsover night remembering the monty sorry school supervisor as a caring man who is said to have known the names and allergies of all 500 students by heart. >> when people are feeling down he'd make them feel comfort. >> his life makes a huge difference in this world and now he's gone. >> reporter: and it's important to note we still don't know exactly what happened before the girlfriend started livestreaming on facebook but, in fact, officers are going to have to look at those police dash cam videos because that's going to tell the full story. >> how about the body camera on the officer? >> what about that. >> reporter: this particular police department doesn't have body cameras on the officers. we know many police departments across the country are introducing those body cams. this one did not have a body cam just yet. >> another reason why that is so essential to have them on all
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officers across the country. gio, thank you. >> certainly is, as we said, president obama has already addressed the shooting from poland a few hours ago and hours after he spoke out about the shootings in louisiana and minnesota and let's go to jon karl for more on that. good morning, jon. >> reporter: good morning, george. the president has been out of the country less than 24 hours and he's already had to give statements twice on shooting incidents. his statement on the horrific attack in dallas came just a short while ago. he declared that justice will be done. >> there has been a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement. police in dallas were on duty during -- doing their jobs, keeping people safe during peaceful protests. these law enforcement officers were targeted and nearly a dozen officers were shot. we are horrified over these
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events and that we stand united with the people and the police department in dallas. >> reporter: the president was speaking at the beginning of the nato summit in warsaw. he has already been in touch with the mayor of dallas and as you mentioned, george, this comes just after he addressed the shootings in minnesota. the shooting in minnesota regarding that incident, he made a point to talk about racial disparities in the criminal justice system but also saying that the police, the vast majority of police do good work and, quote, they put their lives on the line to protect us every single day. >> and, jon, the president was forced to speak out about this, as you said, earlier today increasingly seized by this crisis growing across the country. >> reporter: absolutely and on all sides of this and the president was very careful in his statement on the issue of police violence last night to talk about the work that the vast majority of police do. in that statement, george, he directly addressed the black
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lives matter movement. he said "when people say black lives matter, it doesn't mean that blue lives don't matter. to be concerned about these issues is not to be against law enforcement" and looked at both sides. >> thanks very much. now to ginger and switch gears. so, a tornado, 100 homes that have been damaged and you can see video right there power flashes, that happened, took out part of the nursing home, thankfully no injuries to report this morning and when 265 severe storm reports elsewhere so almost a dozen states feeling it. this picture this morning. we will do this again today, they have plenty of energy. anywhere from detroit to almost washington d.c. to nashville stay alert. lets get your weekend midway brought to you by capitol one.
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storm tracker six live double scan shows we are high and dry this morning but as we head outside it is another very muggy start, sun starting to blaze, and temperatures pushing up in the 80's pretty soon and getting in the 90's with high humidity this afternoon. you're press i have and excessive heat warning expires at 6:00 o'clock this evening but today we will be dealing with heat index values up around 100. there could be then are storms around in the afternoon. tomorrow the heat warning is over because we will get a high of 88 but still very mug which a few more storms. nd the investigation. the mayor is going to join us
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sun's up and it feels sweat think morning. take a look we're up to 80 degrees in philadelphia mid to upper 70's every where else, and it is extremely high humidity once again today. this afternoon one more day of excessive heat, 94 is your high. heat index up around 100. later this afternoon is there chance of drenching thunderstorms in spots and might be strong gusty wind associated with these so look out for that. then tomorrow the heat warning is over because we will only get a high of 88 but still pretty darn humid across the region. is there chance of another spotty drenching thunderstorm. today things look like it will get better, breezy much nicer lower humidity high of 86. staying nice on monday, hotter on tuesday and then heat and humidity building back in time for wednesday and thursday, matt. >> "action news" speaks exclusively with the delaware
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that is the scene in dallas this morning. an active crime scene buildings there on lockdown after peaceful protests turned deadly overnight. at least five officers killed and six others injured and a mom there with her kid injured. >> we know at least two snipers were involved in the athe attack. three in custody and they're mourning the loss of those officers' lives and president obama addressing the shooting calling it a, quote, vicious and despicable attack and the nation trying to come together to make sense of it all and phillip mena is on the scene for us in dallas. phillip. >> reporter: robin, good morning. that peaceful protest was nearly over when the first shots rang out. in the end, 11 officers were shot, five of them were killed. police say by two snipers.
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now this morning three of them -- three people are in custody one of the alleged snipers who is in an hours' long gun battle with police on the second floor of a local college here was shot and killed but not before he threatened to plant bombs. he said that bombs were planted throughout the downtown area. that obviously caused concern for everyone around here. chaos for many hours here as police comb this area just to make sure that there were no explosives and as of this morning, so far police say that no explosives have been found, but this city right now, george, is just grieving. >> run, run, run. >> go, go. >> from the mayor of dallas, mike rawlings. thanks for joining us. your entire city is grieving and
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we are grieving with you and we know the city is on edge. the entire city still on alert? >> it is. we've shut down a part of downtown. it's still an active crime scene. we're looking at all aspects of that -- those buildings, but we think it's under control, but we haven't said it's over at this point. >> so you think it's under control and can you confirm no explosives have been found? we have swept it and no explosives have been found that was threatened by one of the shooters and fortunately he was bluffing. we didn't have that. our explosives took him down. he was cornered in a garage and wouldn't give up and we set an explosive for that. >> so that shooter is down -- is dead. what more can you tell us about the three suspects in custody?
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>> well, i can tell you that they're being pretty tight-lipped at this point and that we are looking at them as -- as suspects that -- and really just objects that we're talking to. we don't know anything more at this point and we're going to do a thorough investigation to make sure we get to the bottom of it. >> so you say they're being pretty tight-lipped right now. no indication about their motivations? >> not at this point. it's actively being worked and hopefully every hour we'll gain information and we'll be talking about it at our press conference. >> are you convinced that the three people in custody were actually involved in the shooting and do you think there were others you don't have in custody? >> yeah, i'm not convinced of anything yet. we have put together a dragnet,
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if you will, got those individuals and now we're starting to convince ourselves of where the truth lies. >> so many, many more questions to be answered there about the suspects. how about the victims in the hospital, of course, we are all praying for the families of those who were killed in the line of duty. how about the injured. anything more on their condition? >> you know, i was at hospitals last night talking to families, talking to those that were injured, talking to the police officers that were around. we had two civilians that were hurt, fortunately none of those died. we have three women that were impacted and shot during this terrible tragedy. all the victims that were deceased are men, so both of our hospitals did a great job not only with the patients and with
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the victims, but also with helping the families out. >> so you're saying the female victims, were those police officers or civilian bystanders? >> excuse me? >> i'm sorry. were you saying the female victims were police officers or civilian bystanders, the injured? >> we had two female officers and one female bystander. >> and we know you have a difficult time ahead there in the city of dallas. what more do you want the country to know about your city? >> you know, i think we had a morality play take place last night and we understand that police officers are putting their lives on the line every day and every night is not a hyperbole, it's a real thing, and last night, five of those officers lost their lives to protect citizens that were
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protesting and helping exercise their first amendment rights. >> as the president said they were just doing their jobs. mr. mayor, thank you for joining us this morning. >> thank you. >> now let's get more on the police from robin. >> joining us is former new york police commissioner and abc news consultant ray kelly and former fbi special agent brad garrett. former police commissioner, former police officer, just overall your thoughts when you woke up to this news? >> it's jolting. it still gets to you even though you're no longer in the department. as you know policing is a brotherhood, a sisterhood across the country. what affects one affects all and have never seen anything this scope and size since 9/11. >> 9/11. what are you hearing here in the city about the nypd? >> well, the department will raise its alert level and i think you'll see the alert level raised throughout the country. there is a lot of anxiety.
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police officers want to come home at the end of their tour and, you know, they have family, so they're concerned about their own safety. but they'll do their job just as we saw in dallas. we saw those officers running towards the fire. as police chief brown said, he saw and heard of so many officers risking their lives to save other officers. >> and many of the protesters said that too about the police officers that were there to protect them. brad, what stands out to you about this seemingly coordinated attack? >> i think the real key, robin, is was the protest have anything to do with the shooting or did the shooters use that as an excuse where there would be a large gathering of officers so that's obviously one question. the other real key is apparently one shooter is down based on what the mayor is telling us, but do they really have everybody in custody that was involved? and primarily do they have all
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the shooters this custody because the last thing you want are tentacles of this to be still out in the community that could potentially harm other officers. >> you bring up a lot of good points because we don't know for certain the motive and doesn't seem by what the mayor is saying that they've been cooperative in custody right now but it does seem to be that a lot of planning went foo this, because they -- were they -- where the snipers were placed, it's like they knew the route of the protesters and the police officers. >> right. i think, yes, as far as they knew the city, they knew they needed to be elevated to be effective at what they were about to do, so, yes, i think that part was coordinated. you know, but protests obviously just went together in the last several hours, so the idea that that was planned in advance perhaps shooting police officers at some location may have been planned in advance. we'll have to see how that unfolds. >> yeah, we will have to see how that unfolds and, ray, the
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officers, authorities there doing the best job that they can under some really trying circumstances right now. if you're the police chief what's going on right now? >> you want to make certain this individual who is dead is identified as quickly as possible. you want to get a warrant. you want to go to his house and get his phone and see who his acquaintances are and do everything to make certain it's not part of a larger scheme or plot. obviously there is a lot of moving parts here. the chief has to be very much concerned about the families of the deceased and wounded officers, the mayor, as well. >> just so many unanswered questions. >> yep. >> all right, ray kelly, brad garrett, thank you both very much. now let's turn to amy with some of the other headlines this morning. good morning. the state department is re-opening its investigation into hillary clinton's e-mails. the internal review actually had to be suspended during the fbi's criminal investigation but now that the fbi's case is closed, the state department will now determine whether any current employees involved in handling clinton's e-mails should be
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disciplined. well, there is an urgent manhunt over in san diego after a string of vicious attacks in the streets. 36-year-old anthony padgett faces murder and assault charges in the connection of killings of two homeless men. police have not yet disclosed a motive. a partial bridge collapse near houston that killed a 12-year-old girl is being investigated now as a homicide. the girl was in the car with her mother when a garbage truck hit the bridge knocking a chunk of concrete into their car. the mother was critically injured. attorneys for bill cosby have failed to get the charges dismissed. a judge in pennsylvania ruled there is enough evidence for him to stand trial on sexual assault charges. the judge also rejected a request from cosby's lawyers to cross-examine his accuser before the trial. serena williams is heading back to the wimbledon final. she needed only 48 minutes to defeat elena vesnina. williams is now one win away
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this is so good! scenes from dallas last night. the shootings coming during a week where there's already great focus on the deep divide and growing racial tension between african-americans and the police. >> the black lives matter movement to the training of our police officers, big questions about what leaders can do to move forward. joining us is professor of
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african-american studies marc lamont hill, matt dowd and sunny hostin. marc, let me start with you. when you woke up to the news what were your first thoughts. >> my first thoughts are with the officers and the families of those officers. this is an american tragedy. the next thing i thought, i put on my activist hat and thought this is entirely disconnected by the violent struggles. as somebody covering them as an activist i wanted to make sure there was no connection between the two because black lives matter has been a nonviolent movement to end police violence and i didn't want those two things to get sullied. >> matt dowd, you know, all political leaders called on to respond at moments like this beginning with the president and, of course, he came out talking about this vicious and despicable attack talking about
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the shootings in minnesota and louisiana already and one of the problems we don't know who is behind the shootings right here in texas this morning but it puts the president in a difficult position as he's trying to heal and lead the country. >> well, first, george, my thoughts and prayers to the people of dallas and to my friend, the mayor, mike rawlings in the course of this. i think this is a crucial time in america and i think the president understands that and feels all this pain that has happened across the country. i think he has to do something more than give speeches and responsibles to this. i think it's a time. he has six months left in his presidency. it's a time when the divisions are so great and has to figure out a way to fix them. we have red versus blue and black versus blue now and important time and ought to call camp david common good summit. people in law enforcement and the criminal justice system and citizens and people in all
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aspects, reverends, religious people and figure out a way of how do we get through this because this is an unbelievably crucial and tragic time in america today. >> let me bring you in, sunny. you've done a lot of work when it cops to social justice and everyone says this is not the answer when it comes to that. >> violence is never the answer. there's no question about it but i am surprised, robin, that we are still having this conversation over and over and over again. you're right, this is something that i've been covering for years. i remember south carolina. i remember ferguson. i remember baltimore. i am wondering how much more violence do we have to have until we can sort of come together as a country. it shouldn't be black versus blue. it shouldn't be white versus black. it shouldn't be red versus blue. we do need to come together. i think the only good thing that may be coming out of these horrible tragedies not only in dallas but in minnesota and in baton rouge is we need to have
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this conversation and there needs to be change. >> conversation, marc, where do we go from here? >> we need a different conversation and fundamental on the ground change and need to change what we understand policing and level of access to guns and the way we narrate these issues in popular culture and music and the way the media covers these stories and no one is blaming us here. everyone has work to do. >> i'm glad you said that. no one is blameless and no answers but we have to get that. marc, sunny, matt, thank you all so very much. and marc's new book is out. what is the name. >> "nobody." >> "nobody," yes. when we come back tributes to all those who lost their l e lives in shootings this week. hey, they'd be lucky to have you. don't be nervous mommy.
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good morning i'm matt o'donnell 7:56 on this friday july 8th, karen off, matt pellman is here with traffic. >> once again, matt it is a warm morning to be standing outside on the train platform but we have plenty of people doing that waiting to take septa a regional wales where we are seeing scattered delays across the board. not seeing quite as many overcrowded trains, volume might be lighter this morning because it is friday in the summertime and people do take off work but still there are plenty of delays. here on 340 at 30 bypass also plenty of delays, this is 30 bypass eastbound still jammed sol fred reeseville road through this point at 340 where crash is cleared, westbound we see a down tree by reeseville road taking out right lane and crash in abington along washington lane but one in salem county on 295 southbound has finally cleared, matt. >> thanks, matt. >> lets look live the atlantic city new jersey, live on sky six, one more day of searing
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good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. ambush in dallas. gunfire during a peaceful protest killing police officers, at least five dead. several suspects in custody and a lethal standoff ending early this morning. the city of dallas on high ra letter and the reaction across the country right now. abc news exclusive kidnapping victim jaycee dugard one-on-one with diane sawyer. how she's learning to live life and help her daughters thrive. terrifying health scare. exact tre actress sarah silverman lucky to be alive. the unexpected condition that
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almost took her life dr. richard besser with mere on that. kenny chesney performing live in central park as we say -- >> good morning, america. >> good morning, america. good morning to kenny chesney. he has a heartfelt message. we'll get to that in just a little bit and want to begin with the latest information from dallas. >> here is what we know right now. police say at least two snipers were involved. 11 officers, one protester, a mom with her sons was shot, 5 dead. one suspect dead and three in custody. we'll hear from an eyewitness right there. >> amy starts us off with the rundown. we begin with the latest from dallas. the city on alert after the most deadly attack on law enforcement since 9/11. snipers opened fire on police on duty at a black lives matter rally. 11 officers were shot. five of them had died. overnight police arrested three suspects and s.w.a.t. team
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officers cornered a fourth suspect who was later killed. he claimed he had placed bombs throughout the area but police found no explosives. abc's phillip mena continues our coverage from dallas with the very latest. good morning, phillip. >> reporter: amy, good morning to you. this is still very much an active crime scene. these officers are now beginning the investigation phase and they're doing so with heavy hearts after the deadliest attack on police this city has ever seen. witnesses say it looked like an execution. >> i've never been as terrified in my life. >> reporter: a sniper firing at officers one by one from a second story window. of the 12 people hit one woman shielding her children. >> right as she started to run she caught a bullet in the back of her right calf. she immediately jumped on top of one of her sons and covered him. >> get out of here. >> reporter: the horror in a quiet community of dallas following an otherwise peaceful protest. a protest against police
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violence. >> about to go to their cars it was one shot that let off and i turned and started facing this direction. >> reporter: the attorney general of texas spoke with george stephanopoulos earlier about the carnage. >> this is still a major crime scene, the largest i have seen. i used to work a couple of blocks here and very surreal and nothing i've ever seen in the 25 years i've been here. >> the president speaking. >> we stand united with the people and the police department. >> reporter: officers sweeping downtown in search of the presumed bombs. a threat from the gunman. in the midst of a bloody investigation, the brothers and sisters of the fallen saluting those killed seen locking arms outside the dallas hospital where some are recovering in a sign of solidarity and strength. we're hoping to soon learn more about those three suspects in custody and what role they may have played and, of course, the motive.
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amy. >> so many questions, phillip. thank you very much. the fatal police shootings in louisiana and minnesota this week are sparking protests in several other cities. thousands of demonstrators rushed onto a major highway in oakland overnight stopping traffic and setting off fireworks. closer to city hall they also broke windows and sprayed graffiti and here in new york, angry protesters marched from union square to times square where police have arrested dozens of people. this morning the nypd says it has increased security at all precincts and reminded officers to remain vigilant following the dallas attack. well, those police shootings are expected to become a focus of the presidential campaigns today. this morning donald trump tweeted his prayers and condolences to the families and today trump is campaigning with new jersey governor chris christie one of his potential vice presidential picks. and hillary clinton is expected to discuss criminal justice reform today when she campaigns in pennsylvania with vice president joe biden. on thursday clinton tweeted "too many african-american families
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are in mourning." robin, back to you. >> all right, amy. so we'll talk to one of the eyewitnesses to that tragedy in dallas. sharay santora was there with her two children and we thank you, sharay, for being with us, a former marine that you were and just know as we keep saying and i hope that you all know that everyone is thinking of everybody there in dallas and i want to ask you what went -- what happened? what did you see? what did you hear when you were there? >> what began as a lot of love ended very abruptly and quickly. i would say from the beginning even getting to the march, there were police officers surrounding us. they were taking pictures with us. they were really comforting us and supporting us in our march and we made it down to the courthouse. there was a small talk and we said, look, we made it this far.
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let's remain peaceful. let's head back to the park and keep moving forward. >> so you saw -- >> we decided to move forward going back down the street in the direction we just came from. everyone said partner up, make sure you have a march partner. let's do this. we started walking and less than a minute walking down the road, you heard the first set of shots, and it was right after we stopped chanting hands up, don't shoot. there was a lull in the crowd, a little bit of a silence and it literally sounded like a set of black cat fireworks going off and here in dallas people have been setting off fireworks since about the 2nd and even yesterday before the rally, we were still hearing fireworks in the air so initial initially thought it was firewo fireworks and the second set of
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shots came, everyone began to scatter, tried to remain calm. i was with my children and i said don't run. you have to stay calm. we have to remember why we're here. we can't be scared. let's step to the side, allow the police to handle it and that's what we did. then another set of shots rang out. we scattered even more. people were saying, you know, go back to where we started. let's regroup. let's try this again. this can still move forward. we can still keep -- and the next thing you know you see a mass of people running down the street yelling they're shooting. they're shooting and people were falling. i was scared they were going to be trampled but people literally stopped and helped people up and moved them to the side. young people, old people, people of all colors and they were just
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scared and everything happened so quickly in a span of five minutes, less than five minutes, it went from a beautiful, peaceful march in solidarity even with the officers that were there with us showed us so much love. >> sharay, let me -- your account -- >> it was shocking and surprising. >> i'm -- >> it was an experience. >> life-changing for so many people and to hear you say as many protesters said that prior to the shooting the interaction with the police officers and the protesters were very peaceful and you knew that they were there to protect you and you were there with your children and you have that military background and let me ask you as we've been asking everyone that's come on our program this morning, what is your message to people? what happened in dallas? the police-shoved shootings in minnesota and also in louisiana this week, what is your message to the people of this country?
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>> we have to remember that no matter how upset we are and how angry that we have to remain moving forward, we have to keep love in our hearts and we have to fight for justice and justice isn't an eye for an eye and a life for a life in this moment. those police officers were there taking care of us. everyone in blue isn't bad but for those that are, it makes all of us look bad when we don't stand up for it. i'm -- for those officers and their families, i imagine -- i just hope that people will keep in mind that want to keep moving forward and don't turn into any type of -- [ audible problems ] >> we want justice and want to keep moving forward and want to be treated fairly. >> oh, that was well put.
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sharay, thank you very, very much for your insight and your perspective and hug your children and know that we're all thinking of you and thank you for your service with the marines. bless you. >> thank you. >> even through crackling skype that was an eloquent testimony. >> and everyone has been on all sides of the issue and there shouldn't even be sides of an issue. >> no, keep love in your hearts. >> for everyone and, you know, some people, you know, what happened in dallas and you can't forget what happened earlier this week and you can talk about them all together. one think you're talking about one too much. no, all lives matter. >> we have a lot more coming up next on "gma." here's a look at the "morning menu." abc news exclusive kidnapping survivor jaycee dugard one-on-one with diane sawyer. what her life is like now with her daughters. and actress sarah silverman's major health care and why she says she is lucky be
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her life was stolen. this was her five years ago when she talked to me after her rescue. >> my world changed in an instant. >> and this is jaycee dugard today re-emerging out of her privacy with lessons she's learned in the past five years. >> thank you. >> about transforming suffering into joy every single day. >> it's taken a lot of time and it hasn't come overnight. you know, you have to put in the hard work and cry and for sure laugh about everything that you can. >> her two girls born in that backyard now all grown up and thriving. >> they're so resilient and they're beautiful and loving. >> she's protecting their privacy. some of their friends don't even know their history and if you met them you'd be stunned by their vie brans, their curiosity and independence. she says she wasn't going to let her fear limit her children's lives. >> do we scare our kids into never wanting to do anything or
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we're back now with sarah silverman's major health scare. she is lucky to be alive. abbie boudreau has her story. >> oh, sarah. >> reporter: this morning sarah silverman lucky to be alive opening up on facebook about her recent life-threatening medical scare landing her in the hospital. i was in the icu all of last week she said. i am insanely lucky to be alive. the 45-year-old undergoing emergency surgery after going to the doctor for what she thought was only a sore throat writing they had to have my hands restrained to keep me from pulling out my breathing tube. when i woke up five days later i didn't remember anything. >> we know her as a hilarious comedian who is always joking around and this is a moment where she gets really deep. >> reporter: epiglottitis occurs when the epiglottis, the small piece of cartilage that covers
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the windpipe when you swallow swells blocking air from getting into the lungs. it can cause respiratory failure. >> if you have terrible luck with roommates, you're the terrible roommate. >> reporter: the emmy winning sarah silverman we are miracles star thanking her doctor, family and friends for her real-life miracle. this wasn't a moment i was alone. it makes me cry which hurts my throat so stop. her sense of humor not lost on the tens of thousands of fans showing their support online wishing her to get well and thanking her for making them laugh. >> this week she is back home out of the hospital and reflecting on everything she's been through and just, you know, trying to get her spirits back up. >> reporter: for "good morning america," abbie boudreau, abc news, los angeles. >> and joining us now abc news chief health and medical editor dr. richard besser. so tell us more about her condition. >> yeah, so take a look at this
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picture. it'll help explain. the epiglottis is a small piece of cartilage that sits above your cokal cords and prevents food or anything getting down into your larynx and windpipe. with epiglottitis, that tissue gets infected or swollen and the reason it's so dangerous, if that swells up it can totally block off your windpipe and cut off all air and be fatal. >> what causes it? >> it can be caused by infection, bacteria or viruses or by direct damage to the tissue from burns, from chemicals or hot liquids, choking on a foreign body and from smoking drugs like crack where it causes swelling to the tissues. >> what should you look out for? >> it's the worst sore throat of your life. the symptoms are similar in adults and children. very great difficulty, pain in the front of your neck, difficulty swallowing, fever, you can have a muffled voice and drooling. you can't swallow to the point your so kriegs come out. you could be drooling. >> you have treated children with this? >> i have. you know, when i was a pediatric
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resident this was one of the thing that scared us the most. you would see a child come in look scared and could have this. thankfully now we vaccinate against something called h flu and it has almost eliminated this in children which is why i'm so passionate about vaccinating them before they go to school. >> which goes back to another issue. back to ginger in central park. we are out in force today. i wanted to stop by. we look at the further destinations from iceland. >> east iceland. >> yes. >> yes. >> not iceland. >> long island. >> let's talk about, yes, let's go talk about the weather forecast, kansas that tornado that went through overnight and severe weather threat we will get to in a bit. >> lets get a look closer to home. >> excessive heat around the region here, ginger. we have nothing showing on storm tracker six looking out for thunderstorms today. hazy sunshine this morning.
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temperatures zooming up in the 80's and up from there. your exclusive accu weather seven day shows high of 94 degrees this afternoon. oppressive heat and excessive heat warning expiring at 6:00 o'clock ahead of that we could have even heat index up around hundred degrees today and again a afternoon thunderstorms. tomorrow 88 but still very muggy and few more storms, better sunday.
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good morning i'm matt o'donnell at 8:27. matt pellman here filling in for karen and we will look at traffic. >> such a rough week for regional rail riders on septa, matt and now we have word of power problems near jefferson station, the old market east station so they are saying in addition to the shortened schedule, reduced amount of trains now these power problems are contributing, to give us 30 minute delays across the board on all of the regional rails. so, yes it is another very rough morning on the tracks. meanwhile over here at moorestown by the mall there is a crash on 38 eastbound by nixon drive, two of the three lanes are block, use 41 instead. getting word of the vehicle fire in egg harbor township on the garden state parkway north bound side by 40 and 322, left lane is block. also a broken down vehicle in chester county that is blocking ramp from the turnpike to route 29 malvern,
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e-z pass only exit. use ramp to valley forge and downingtown instead, matt. >> now lets turn to meteorologist david murphy for what will be a heat wave today. >> very warm, muggy to start out under blazing sunshine, matt. we are at 81 degrees in philadelphia. eighty-one millville. seventy-eight in cape may. as we look at afternoon call 94, today's high, oppressive heat and humidity, excessive heat warning not expiring until 6:00 but it will drop this evening. there are afternoon drenching thunderstorms possible, and some of those could extend in the evening. then tomorrow, warm, still very muggy, and the heat wave will be over because it won't be as hot. we will get up to 88. there could be spotty drenching maybe gusty thunderstorms saturday. on sunday humidity does go down, temperatures go down a bit too 86 is your high. breezy and much nicer and monday and tuesday also look okay but another batch of heat and humidity after that, matt. philadelphia police commissioner ross says two
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officers, all in patrols during the response to dallas snipper attacks.
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there you see scenes from dallas overnight. that deadly shooting. five police officers have been killed when shots rang out at a peaceful protest about those deadly police shootings earlier in the week. we are expecting a press conference shortly from the police chief. we'll bring that to you as we get it. >> in the meantime, here is what we know right now. at least two snipers attacked 14 people, 12 of them officers, two civilian, five police officers killed. three suspects are in custody and another has been killed. >> okay, so let's get the latest from phillip mena on the scene in dallas. good morning, phillip. >> reporter: george, good morning. this is still very much an active crime scene. you can see behind me that police officers have blocked off a large perimeter in and around the downtown area.
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they are still combing for evidence looking for a bullet casings, anything that might help them in this investigation as to what exactly happened and from what angles those snipers were at, what buildings they were in. as you mentioned earlier there are at least two snipers that police say fired and shot 11 officers, five of them killed and one civilian, a woman who showed up here last night to what was a very peaceful protest with her four sons and shielded them as shots rang out and she was hit and she is now in the hospital. but just a chaotic scene here last night after what was supposed to be a peaceful protest. there were several cities across the country that were demonstrating in support of the black lives matter movement. this one, unfortunately, became extremely violent and became the deadliest attack on police officers since 9/11 and this morning, this entire city of dallas is grieving. george, robin.
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>> all right, phillip, thank you. we turn to abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas in d.c. what more can you add, pierre? >> reporter: well, right now law enforcement offs are trying to get as much information as they can about the suspects. three in custody. one believed to be dead at the scene. law enforcement officials say they need to know as much as they can as soon as possible to make sure that nothing else is coming forward here in the next few hours. you heard the mayor tell george stephanopoulos a little while ago that they are being tight-lipped. the people who are in custody are not giving them much. that's what my sources are saying, as well. again, key to find out more about these people. they have some basic information. they're running down information about their backgrounds trying to get a since of what the motive may be. >> because there is no clear motive right now. there's just a lot of speculation but nothing substantial. >> that's right. the press conference coming up so important hoping to get information. right to jon karl our chief white house correspondent and, of course, president obama
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called to respond to this, the second time he's responded in the last 24 hours on police shootings very early this morning from poland. >> reporter: that's right. he did this at the start of the nato summit in warsaw, george, directly addressing the situation and promising that justice will be done. here's what he had to say. >> there has been a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement. police in dallas were on duty during -- doing their jobs, keeping people safe during peaceful protests. these law enforcement officers were targeted and nearly a dozen officers were shot. we are horrified over these events and that we stand united with the people and the police department in dallas. >> and the president has been directly in touch with the mayor of dallas already this morning. vice president biden was scheduled to be out campaigning
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with hillary clinton today. we've learned that he has postponed that. he will be back here at the white house. >> yeah, candidates, all the candidates have postponed their events today. you have donald trump canceling his event with chris christie and hillary clinton canceling her event with joe biden. this is putting the president in quite a difficult position, jon, in part because as robin was talking about, we don't know who is behind these shootings. >> reporter: and he was absolutely blunt about that saying that they're trying to gather more information. he's in touch with authorities. he has also promised the full support of the federal government to authorities in dallas to try to get to the bottom to in this investigation. but it's also, you look at this, george, the two statements that he has had to make less than 24 hours after leaving on this foreign trip, one regarding, of course, that horrific shooting in minnesota and then followed by this terrible situation in dallas. >> and all of this, you know, covered on social media, we've
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all been watching that video out of minnesota. so immediate and gripping to everyone and one of the things the president has addressed before the broader problems in the criminal justice system but also the increasing violence by police and against police. >> reporter: and it was notable in his statement following the situation, the shooting in minnesota, the president talked about those racial disparities but he also went on as some length talking about how he -- about the overwhelming majority of police officers do good and important work and put their lives on the line every day to protect us, again, doing that balancing act. it was almost as if when he made that statement after minnesota, he was warning against any kind of a retribution against the police which, of course, appears to be what has happened. >> okay, jon karl, thanks very much. >> we turn now to abc news consultant and former fbi agent brad garrett. and we keep going back to the motive and that's what people really want to know and this
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upcoming press conference hopefully we'll learn more but you were talking earlier, brad, about, yes, it does seem to be a coordinated attack. where the snipers were located and, but still the protest was just -- >> we have to take the break now because the police chief is coming on in dallas. take a bre of the network can join us. >> announcer: this is an abc news special report. we are copping on the air with the latest on that devastating newss from dallas. last night at a peaceful protest shots did ring out. snipers firing police officers. five have died. seven officers injured. two civilians were hurt, as well. that is the mayor of dallas right there. one of the shooters was killed by police and three suspects in custody. let's listen to the mayor. >> judge jenkins, i want to thank the fbi, i want to thank the governor, lieutenant
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governor flew in last night, the president called me from poland, and all your commentators have wished us well and are trprayin for us and i want to say from our heart we feel that and so thank you. i am now going to tell you some not good news for you reporters and that is we've got a criminal investigation going on and our number one job is to make sure the citizens of dallas are safe so we're not going to tell you anything about the suspects and we're not going to answer any questions on that. we will when it's the right time. now is not the right time. but a lot has happened in the last five or six, seven hours since we talked. i guess it was early in the morning. and i want chief brown to give you an update on that.
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i'm proud of him, he's been working so hard these last few hours. we've been with families, and we've been trying to make sure that the city is safe this morning and i believe it is. chief brown. >> thank you, mayor. we're hurt iing. our profession is hurt iing. dallas officers are hurt iing. we are heartbroken. there are no words to describe the atrocities that occurred to our city. all i know is that this must stop. this divisiveness between our
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police and our citizens. to update you on what's transpired since we last spoke, let me walk through the standoff that had occurred or that was occ occurring at el centro on the second floor, the college there in downtown dallas. we cornered one suspect, and we tried to negotiate for several hours. negotiations broke down. we had an exchange of gunfire with the suspect. 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
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was. other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. the suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb. the reporting that the suspect killed himself is not accurate. we've confirmed that he's been deceased because of the detonation of the bomb. our hostage negotiator did an exceptional job getting this suspect to talk before he died during the hours of negotiating that eventually broke down. i want to share with you some of the comments from the suspect. the suspect said he was upset about black lives matter.
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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. the suspect stated he will eventually -- that we will eventually find the ieds. the suspect stated he was not affiliated with any groups and he stated that he did this alone. the suspect said other things that are part of this investigation so that we can make sure that everyone associated with this tragic event is brought to justice so as the mayor said we won't expand on any further on what
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other suspects we have interviewed or looked at or their status until we get further into this investigation and get closer to a conclusion of what and who are all involved. but let me just say just some closing comments about dallas police officers and d.a.r.t. police officers. some of the bravest men and women you'd ever want to be associated with. you see video footage after video footage of them running toward gunfire from an elevated position with no chance to protect themselves and to put themselves in harm's way to make sure citizens can get to a place
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of security. so please join me in applauding these brave men and women who do this job under great scrutiny, under great vulnerability, who liter literally risk their lives to protect our democracy. we don't feel much support most da days. let's not make today most days. please, we need your support to be able to protect you from men like these who carried out this tragic, tragic event. pray for these families. i spoke with the families of the
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deceased and the injured. they are not having a good time trying to deal, absorb this, trying to understand why, and they need your prayers, so please join us in helping us comfort the grieving officers' families and i trust that soon because we're working very diligently in processing the crime scene to find evidence to bring any other suspects to justice that were a part of this, but please pray for our strength through this trying time. thank you. >> i want to add that there are public safety officials that protect our cities and our institutions all across america
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every day that aren't police officers, and we lost one of those last night, a d.a.r.t. officer was one of the victims and i want to just take a moment and say the professionalism the d.a.r.t. organization was great and i appreciate better school police officers, campus college police officers standing shoulder to shoulder with our police officers and that's the way we work. chief brown told the victims' families last night and his police officers that he was a man of faith and i am a man of faith too and that we need prayers and prayer is good so today at 12:00 at thanksgiving
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square, a leadership group of interfaith ministers will be leading us in that prayer. i would ask that if you're at your home or at your office or at your school to join us today at noon in that spirit of prayer to bring our city together and our country together to heal wounds, not create them. thank you. >> any questions that were not off limit? yeah. >> the injured officers have, most of them have been released. there are some that will need follow-up. i'm not going to go into detail of what types of injuries. their families are being very
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private for obvious reasons right now but, again, excuse me, what's the question? i'm sorry. >> critical -- >> critical or are they doing better. >> yes, they're doing better. some have been released. some of their statuses, they're still needing more treatment. but they're being very private about any further details about their health. >> chief, the department has worked with the community on relations. could you speak to that and come back to something like this -- >> so, we have to be right 100% of the time in the way we police this city, suspects like this have to be right once. they don't have to work very hard to do cowardly acts like this to snipe at our officers from elevated positions and to ambush them from secreted positions around corners.
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all that hard work is not for naught. this city has shown great support for this police department. the mayor and council have supported this department and officers and expect that to continue and this community, i'm born and raised here, dallas is a great city. our officers will continue to put themselves in harm's way to protect these great citizens so it's worthwhile. >> i want to brag just for a second for -- if anybody hasn't heard us say this, this police department trained in de-escalation far before cities across america did it. we are one of the premiere community policing cities in the country and this year we have
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the fewest police officer-related shootings than any large city in america. so we are working hard to improve and there's always room for improvement, but we are best in class, we feel. >> well said. >> no, i'm not going to be satisfied until we have turned over every stone. we've got some level that this one suspect did do some of the shooting but we're not satisfied that we've exhausted every lead and we're not going to be satisfied till every lead is exhausted so if there's someone out there that was associated with this, we will find you and we will prosecute you and we will bring you to justice. >> as of right now is there --
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>> we're not counting or expanding on who or how many. we're going to keep these suspects guessing. >> can you talk about the first focus meeting on officers in -- can you talk about that? >> i'm going to let chief brown make any strategic decisions, but i think it's important for citizens to realize that we want to give everybody their freedom of speech. we've been through several protests in the last five or six years and they've all gone in a safe manner. but the chief makes decisions at times that people could be
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critical of, do you de-escalate too much? do you put too much body armor on? if we're all being critical of those things, just think about today. this is what you're risking if you don't do it right and so from a policy standpoint we are -- we believe -- in the right to protest peacefully and these were peaceful protests till this happened. but we also have to believe in keeping our police officers safe and i know i'm going to redouble my efforts on that. >> how does this change the way in which police officers will arm themselves and protect themselves in the street? >> again, i just want to expand on the mayor's comments. police officers are guardians of this great democracy, the freedom to protest, the freedom
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of speech, the freedom for expression. all freedoms we fight for with our lives. it's what makes us who we are as americans. and so we risk our lives for those rights and so we want military terrorized our policing standards, but we will do it in a much safer way every time like we chose to do it this time. we had an adequate amount of officers at this scene and we were blocking traffic and doing all the things to protect people's right to protest, and their free speech. we are not going to let a coward who would ambush police officers change our democracy. we're not going to do it. our city, our country is better than that. >> just to follow up on that
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iss issue, the record response -- >> can you say at all that this was someone who was having some mental stability problems and just looking for an opening to react or is this something that organi organized -- can you talk about that. >> all of those questions would just be speculation to answer. we can't get into the head of a person that would do something like this. we negotiated with this person. they seemed lucid during the negotiation. he wanted to kill officers. and he expressed killing white people, he expressed killing white officers. he expressed anger for black lives matter. none of that makes sense. none of that is a reason, a legitimate reason to do harm to
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anyone, so the rest of it would just be speculating on what his motivations were. we just know what he said. that's what he said to our negotiators. >> hey, guy, thank you. we still have a lot of work to do. we're going to take off. >> a lot of information there from the mayor of dallas, mike rawlings. the police chief david brown first saying they would not talk about the suspects but then going into great detail about the shooter who was killed by police after several hours of negotiations according to the police chief last night. he was killed by a bomb robot that was exploded in the vicinity of where the shooter was. this shooter said before he was killed that he was upset about the black lives matter movement, that he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers, that he had placed ieds around that area, although police so far have found no explosives. a lot of questions to be answered. right now with brad garrett our former special agent, fbi special agent now an abc news consultant and, brad, when you first -- let's talk about the
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decision that police made. had several hours of negotiation, then made this decision they had no other options left. they had to send a bomb in. >> correct. and i think what you have going on, george, is he threatened explosives, did they believe -- did he potentially have explosives either on him or near his person and so the last thing the s.w.a.t. commander is going to risk is another officer getting hurt. so i suspect that was the call. we're going to send in a robot with an explosive. i guarantee you the negotiator talked at length to try to talk him out of there and that went nowhere. >> wane meantime, some confusing statements there a bit from the police chief. we have that statement from the shooter that he was not affiliated with any other groups. that he was acting alone yet you saw the police chief say that they're not taking any option off the table at this point. three suspects are still in custody and at times he seemed to suggest that more than one shooter was in play.
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>> i think that is correct. and the reason, george, you don't tell the media what you're doing is there are names, places, locations they are headed and they don't want to give that person advance notice. i also think reading between the lines that the chief still doesn't know really what he has here yet. he has one dead shooter. he's got three people in custody. are they really part of this? are they -- do they know about it? he just may not have his arms around all of this at this point. >> from what you know about the scene last night and perhaps you can't answer this does it appear that kind of damage could have been done by one shooter? >> yes, when you have an assault weapon with a high capacity magazine and you are basically -- you have cover, his cover is he's presumably in a parking garage or at least elevated and the idea that you're shooting down the officers or if it had been civilians you have no idea where the bullets are coming from. you're dodging, running, so you're basically sitting ducks
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until he gets stopped. so to answer your question, it could be one shooter. >> okay, well, a lot more questions to be asked and answered. brad garrett, thanks very much. to pierre thomas now, our senior justice correspondent and, pierre, those statements from the shooter who has now been killed upset about black lives matter. wants to kill white people especially white officers that immediately turns this into a federal civil rights investigation, no? >> yes, that will be looked at, we're expecting we may hear from the attorney general later today. george, one thing that struck me about this situation, you have this shooter telling police that he wanted to kill white officers, that he wanted to kill white people that he was reacting to what we have seen take place in minnesota and perhaps baton rouge, but these situations are very fluid. they have these three suspects. they want to know more about them. sometimes people that you think are suspects they wash out but clearly they suspected there was another shooter. they need to resolve that but this is a major piece of the
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case here in which they have a person that they know did this or part of it and he's given them a motive. the key now did he have a support? that is what law enforcement is all over right now and my sources are saying that the key now is to run down these leads to make sure there was not anyone else supporting him who may not be in custody. >> you've got federal investigators on the scene, as well now, the at tf, justice will join it. >> fbi is going to assist in the investigation again. they need to make sure this is not beyond this group of three, maybe those three will wash out, again, very fluid situation. sometimes people you think are suspects end up not being but the fact that some of these suspects are being tight-lipped gives them great pause. >> and gives them pause and would make them believe at least they have a lot more to run down. okay, pierre thomas, thank you. to jon karl now, our chief white house correspondent. we've already heard from the president twice. the president said he would come back out as we learn more. some key information here right now about the possible motive of
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this shooter. >> reporter: and the president is on a four-day trip throughout europe. no word yet on whether that trip could potentially be cut short. we do expect to hear from him again, also you see this reverberating on the political scene. donald trump has canceled two campaign appearances he had scheduled in miami and hillary clinton has canceled a joint campaign appearance that she had scheduled with vice president biden and, george, when you think about it, president obama's very first campaign appearance with hillary clinton was postponed after the orlando shooting so back-to-back events. >> so much violence and so many different cities all across this country with so many different motivations behind it. jon karl, okay, thanks very much. we are going to return to our regular programming. for some of you that will be "good morning america" and a full report on "world news." david muir will be in dallas and get the latest on abcnews.com. i'm george stephanopoulos in new york. have a good day. >> announcer: this has been a special report from abc news.
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