Ten police officers have been shot in downtown Dallas during a protest against police brutality, leaving three officers dead, three in a critical condition and two others requiring surgery.
Dallas Police Department Chief David Brown said it appeared up to two snipers were responsible.
“It appears that snipers shot ten police officers from elevated positions during the protest/rally. Three officers are deceased, two are in surgery and three are in a critical condition,” the statement read.
“An intensive search for suspects is currently underway.”
The Dallas Police Department has released an image of one of the suspects, tweeting “this is one of our suspects, please help us find him”.
Police also believe the suspects threatened to plant a bomb downtown, and are searching the area.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott released a statement issuing his support for the victims, reminding the nation to unite.
"Our thoughts are prayers are with the Dallas law enforcement community and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) officers killed and injured this evening.
"I’ve spoken to Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McGraw and have directed him to officer 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.”
The shooting took place just before 9pm as the protesters were marching near Lamar and Main St.
Video from a Fox News crew captured the sound of gunshots followed by screams from the crowds, who just moments earlier were chanting, ‘don’t shoot’.
The Black Lives Matter protest followed the deaths of two black men – Alton Sterling in Lousiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota – both shot dead by police in incidents caught on video.
Thousands of protesters have taken to the street today in several US cities.
About a thousand protesters clogged New York’s iconic Times Square, at one point staging a sit-in. Police arrested some of them, loading them onto city buses they borrowed for the occasion.
Another thousand rallied in Washington at the White House, then marched to the US Capitol where veteran civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis stood on the steps and addressed the crowd through a bullhorn.