DALLAS, Tx. – An active shooter threat has been neutralized after police shot an armed man in body armor who allegedly opened fire on a federal building on Monday.
Witnesses in the area reported hearing between 15 and 20 gunshots on Monday morning in downtown Dallas after an armed man allegedly used a rifle to fire at a federal court building.
Police responded to the Earle Cabell federal courthouse in downtown Dallas just before 8:50 a.m. officials reported. Members of law enforcement exchanged gunfire with the suspect, striking and injuring him.
The suspect was hit by at least one round and was transported to a local hospital. No civilian or police officer injuries were reported in the shooting.
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A report from NBC DFW noted that local police are asking people to avoid the downtown Dallas area. El Centro College remains on lockdown.
Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are reportedly at the scene. Officials searched the suspect’s vehicle and planned to detonate a suspicious device that might have been an explosive just after 10 a.m.
A photo taken by Dallas Morning News photographer Tom Fox shows members of law enforcement standing around the shooter, who is lying on the ground without a shirt on. The identity of the person has not been confirmed.
The photographer was then questioned by the FBI after reportedly witnessing the shooting.
Fox said he was ‘outside the building a man in a mask parked on the corner of Jackson and Griffin streets. He ran and then stopped in the street to pick something off the ground.
The man then began shooting at the courthouse and cracked the glass of the door, Fox said. Inside the building security pushed everyone down to the ground.’
Another witness, Herman Turner, said ‘he was on his way to get a cashier’s check when he saw the gunman run from the courthouse door near Main and Griffin streets, plant himself in the middle of the road and begin firing an assault rifle back at the building.’
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The shooting occurred just one block away from the deadly Dallas ambush in July of 2016, where five officers were brutally gunned down by an active shooter. Below is an exclusive interview with one of the injured officers from that fateful day.
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