Brown says the gunman told police, “The end is coming,” and is threatening to kill more officers. He also told police the garage is rigged with bombs and other bombs were also possibly downtown.
The search for the gunman stretched throughout downtown, an area of hotels, restaurants, businesses and some residential apartments. The scene was chaotic, with helicopters hovering overhead and officers with automatic rifles on the street corners.
SWAT officers were on scene hours later and a large perimeter was erected throughout the western side of downtown Dallas.
Family members identified the civilian injured as Shetamia Taylor. Her sister says she was shot in the back of her calf as she shielded one of her sons from the shots. She was rushed to the hospital and into surgery but is expected to be okay.
“When we got [to the hospital], he was covered in his mom’s blood, scared,” said Taylor’s sister, Theresa Williams. “All he could do was run up to my sister and myself and hug our necks.”
Williams said Taylor was alert when she was taken into surgery and said she was most concerned about the lives of officers being lost.
A female suspect was taken into custody by Dallas police. Brown says two other suspects were arrested and being questioned after they were seen with camouflage bags and fled downtown in a vehicle. They were stopped just south of downtown. Sky4 footage showed many police cars surrounding a vehicle stopped on Interstate 35.
A person of interest turned himself in after police circulated pictures of him online. Dallas police released him shortly after 1 a.m. after questioning him. Footage shows that he was in the crowd of protestors and not shooting when shots rang out at the end of the march.
Brown says he is not confident that all suspects have been accounted for, and Dallas police will continue to work throughout the night to search for them.
The shooting happened just before 9 p.m. as the protestors were ending the march near Lamar and Main St.
The rally and protest began at 6 p.m. and remained peaceful until the shooting. Several officers were even posing for pictures with protestors as the crowd began marching.
Video footage from the scene in downtown Dallas showed that protesters were marching along a street in downtown, about half a mile from City Hall, when the shots erupted shortly before 9 p.m. and the crowd scattered, seeking cover.
The protesters had gathered after a Minnesota officer on Wednesday fatally shot Philando Castile while he was in a car with a woman and a child in a St. Paul suburb. The aftermath of the shooting was live streamed in a widely shared Facebook video. A day earlier, Alton Sterling was shot in Louisiana after being pinned to the pavement by two white officers. That, too, was captured on a cellphone video.
“There has been a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement,” said President Barack Obama. “We are horrified over these events and we stand united with the people and police department in Dallas.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement saying he has directed the Texas Department of Public Safety director to offer “whatever assistance the City of Dallas needs at this time.”
“In times like this we must remember — and emphasize — the importance of uniting as Americans,” Abbott said.