2016 Dallas Shooting
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The 2016 Dallas Shooting refers to the ambush of a group of police officers by several armed gunmen during demonstrations against the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in early July 2016. During the shootout, a total of five police officers were fatally shot, while seven officers and two civilians sustained injuries.
Shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile
On July 5th, 2016, Baton Rouge, Louisiana resident Alton Sterling was fatally shot by a police officer while being detained in a convenience store parking lot. The following day, Minnesota resident Philando Castile was fatally shot by a police officer during a routine traffic stop after informing the officer he had a firearm he was licensed to carry according to his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds. Following the shooting, Reynolds streamed the aftermath on Facebook (shown below, right). After videos of the incidents surfaced online, many reacted with outrage, speculating that the shootings were racially motivated.
Following the two shootings, the Next Generation Action Network (NGAN) organized a demonstration in Dallas in protest of the killings, which gathered approximately 800 protesters. According to the Dallas Police Department, at least four snipers fired upon police officers near the Belo Garden Park area, with shots coming from an alleyway, the upper level of a parking garage and other elevated areas. Two suspects were apprehended by police officers and a third was killed by a bomb device deployed by a police-controlled drone. A total of 12 police officers were shot, five of which died due to the injuries. In addition two civilians were injured in the shootout.
Identity of Shooters
Police revealed that one suspect was 25-year-old Texas resident Micah Xavier Johnson, who told police during negotations that he was motivated by the Black Lives Matter movement and wanted to "kill white people." The additional suspects have yet to be identified.
Mark Hughes' Misidentification
That evening, Texas resident Mark Hughes was wrongly identified as a suspect by the Dallas Police Department Twitter feed, since he had been photographed at the protest carrying a rifle (shown below). Within 24 hours, the tweet gathered upwards of 40,000 retweets and 18,700 likes.
After turning himself in to the police, Hughes was released after it was determined he had nothing to do with the attack.
As news of the shooting circulated online, a live-updated thread was launched on Reddit. That evening, a video taken during the shooting, in which gunfire can be heard in the background, reached the front page of the /r/videos subreddit (shown below).
Additionally, the Kapitol YouTube channel uploaded footage taken during the incident (shown below).
That same night, a photograph of an officer crying at the Baylor Hospital immediately after the shooting reached the front page of /r/pics (shown below). Additionally, several discussion threads regarding the shootout reached the front page of the /r/news, /r/AskReddit, /r/Dallas and /r/The_Donald subreddits.
President Obama's Response
The following morning, United States President Barack Obama spoke to reporters in Warsaw, Poland, where he described the incident as a "vicious, calculated, despicable attack" and called for increased gun control regulations (shown below).
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