Dallas shooting: What we know and don’t know about the ‘ambush’ on police officers

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A lone gunman – identified as Micah Xavier Johnson – killed five police officers and wounded seven others in Dallas Thursday night during an otherwise peaceful demonstration against the police shootings of two African American men, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, earlier in the week.

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Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown described the violence as an “ambush-style” attack on the officers which also injured two civilians.

“We still don’t know all the facts. What we know is there has been a vicious, calculated and despicable attack against law enforcement,” President Obama told reporters in Poland. “Police were on duty doing their jobs, keeping people safe during peaceful protests.”

As details from the tragedy continue emerge here’s what we know, and still don’t know about the shootings in Dallas.

How the shootings began

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Gunfire erupted around 8:45 p.m. Dallas time during a peaceful protest over the high-profile deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, who were shot and killed by police earlier this week.

The chaos unfolded near El Centro College in the city’s downtown area and just a few blocks from where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

A video widely shared on social media showed a person with an assault-style rifle shoot a police officer in the back at point-blank range.

READ MORE: How a Dallas protester became a hunted suspect 

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says officials believe the attacker was a lone shooter. Three others were arrested but how they’re connected to the shooting – if at all – has not been revealed.

Rawlings said there were about 20 individuals who were dressed in gear and had rifles slung over their shoulders. Police chased and detained these people before realizing all the shooting came from one building at different levels.

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“It is a heartbreaking moment for the city of Dallas,” Rawlings said. “I ask everybody to focus on one thing right now, and that is Dallas police officers, their families, those that are deceased, those that are in the hospital fighting for their lives.”

Who is the suspect Micah Xavier Johnson?

This photo taken from Facebook is believed to be 25-year-old Micah Johnson, according to reports.

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Law enforcement officials have identified 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson as the one who carried out the shootings.

He had no criminal record or ties to terror groups and was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve who had served a tour in Afghanistan, according to the Associated Press.

When authorities searched the home of Johnson on Friday they found bomb-making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition, and a personal journal of combat tactics. Among his Facebook “likes” were the African American Defence League and the New Black Panther Party, which was founded in Dallas. He also was a member of the Facebook group “Black Panther Party Mississippi.” A photo on Facebook showed Johnson wearing a dashiki – his raised, clinched fist over the words “Black Power.”

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Johnson died after a firefight with police late Thursday night in a parking garage. Police Chief David Brown said Friday he was killed by an explosive delivered by a robot.

Brown said the Johnson told police negotiators that “he was upset about Black Lives Matter.”

“He said he was upset about the recent police shootings,” Brown told reporters. “The suspect said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”

Who were the 5 officers killed?

The official 桑拿会所 account of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) confirmed one of the officers killed was a transit officer saying, “Four DART police officers were shot in downtown Dallas. 1 deceased, others not life-threatening.”

The deceased DART officer has been identified as 43-year-old Brent Thompson. He joined the force in 2009.

DART Chief James Spiller told TODAY on Friday that Thompson was a great officer who served as a patrol officer.

“Brent was recently married in the last two weeks, so this is very heartbreaking for us, not only for that reason, but because we lost a member in blue,” Spiller said.

Michael Krol has also been identified as one of the fallen officers.

A native of Michigan, Krol moved to Dallas in 2007 to join the city’s police department.

“He always wanted to be a cop,” Brian Schoenbaechler, Krol’s brother-in-law, told The Detroit News. “He always wanted to help and serve other people.”

Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens, 48, was identified by friends and family on social media as one of the Dallas police victims.

Ahrens served with the Dallas Police Department for 14 years, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Patrick Zamarripa was identified by family members as one of the five officers killed. The 32-year-old father had previously survived three tours in Iraq for the U.S. Navy and had a 2-year-old daughter.

WFAA also identified Michael Smith, 55, as one of the victims.

READ MORE: What we know about the 5 police officers killed

What we don’t know

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During a press conference Friday, Police chief Brown said investigators believed that Johnson “did the shooting.”

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However, It’s still unknown how the attack was planned and whether the three other men who were apprehended were involved in the shooting.

“If there’s someone out there associated with this, we will find you,” Brown said

*With files from the Associated Press

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