Dallas shooting: Gunman wanted to kill whites says police chief



Sidney Johnson captured the chaos in the aftermath of the shootings

The gunman killed in a stand-off with Dallas police said he wanted to kill white people, especially officers, the city's police chief has said.
The suspect, named by US media as Micah Johnson, 25, said he was upset about the recent police shootings of black people, Police Chief David Brown said.
Five police officers were killed and seven wounded during a march against the shooting of black men by police.
Three people are in custody but it is not clear if there were other gunmen.
The protest in Dallas took place after this week's deaths of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana.
Mr Brown said the suspect had been killed when police used explosives placed by a robot to end a tense stand-off in a building where he was holed up. Before that, he had spoken to a negotiator.

Picture of Micah Johnson from FacebookFacebook
Micah Johnson was a member of the US Army reserve, reports said
Images from the Facebook page of Micah JohnsonFacebook
Facebook images show Micah Johnson giving a black power salute and dressed in military uniform

"He said he was upset about Black Lives Matter [protest movement]; he said he was upset about the recent police shootings," Mr Brown told a news conference.
"The suspect said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated that he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers."

At the scene - Tara McKelvey, BBC News, Dallas

Red roses and worn-looking stuffed toys are left on Griffin Street near the place where the officers were shot.
Dozens of police are now patrolling the area under a harsh afternoon sun, and workers from a nearby Westin hotel are lugging around bottled water and granola bars to give to the officers.
Things are tense. Brandt Sadlowski, 24, got into an argument with the officers over his handgun, a 9mm that he carries on his belt.
That's legal in Texas, but the officers asked him to steer clear of the memorial site. The police don't want any more incidents - especially not today.

Mr Brown added that the man had said he was not affiliated with any groups and he acted alone.
However, speaking earlier on Friday, Mr Brown had said two snipers had fired from "elevated positions", shooting some officers in the back.
Micah Johnson was from Mesquite, an eastern suburb of Dallas, and was a member of the US Army Reserve, US media reported.
Gunfire broke out at around 20:45 local time on Thursday (01:45 GMT Friday) as demonstrators marched through the city. There was panic as people scrambled for cover. Police described the ambush as carefully planned and executed.
Officers later surrounded a car park near El Centro College where the stand-off with the suspect took place.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said that two civilians, one man and one woman, were also injured in the shootings.
He said the three suspects in custody so far were not co-operating and were "tight-lipped".
President Barack Obama, who is attending a Nato summit in Poland, called it a "vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement".
He later ordered all flags on public buildings to be flown at half-mast.

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US Attorney General Loretta Lynch described events in Dallas as "an unfathomable tragedy".
"Americans across our country are feeling a sense of helplessness, of uncertainty and of fear," she said.
"These feelings are understandable and they are justified. But the answer must not be violence."

Crime scene investigators survey area after a shooting in Dallas, Friday, July 8, 2016AP
Dallas police have secured the area around the scene of the shootings

The Dallas attack marks the deadliest day for US law enforcement officers since the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
The protest march that wound its way through the city was among several held across the US over the police use of lethal force against African Americans.

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Philando Castile was shot dead after being stopped in his car by police in St Paul, Minnesota , on Wednesday.
Alton Sterling was killed by police a day earlier in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Both incidents were captured on video, reigniting what has become a national debate.
Source http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36745862

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