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Suspect identified in Dallas police shootings

The sniper who is said to have opened fire on a peaceful justice rally through downtown Dallas, targeting police officers and killing five, has been identified.

Suspect identified in Dallas police shootings

In all fourteen people were shot. Two were civilians. Dallas police has identified the suspect as Micah X. Johnson of Mesquite. The rally was organised as part of a protest of officer-involved shootings taking place across the US Thursday night.

The shootings happened as the march was moving down Lamar Street near Griffin before 9 p.m.

"We've got a criminal investigation going on and our number one job is to make sure the citizens of Dallas are safe," Mayor Rawlings informed Friday morning.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown said Johnson was killed after a long standoff with police. Furing negotiations Johnson told police he was angry over #BlackLivesMatter and was mad at white people, said Brown.

He wanted to kill white people, especially white officers, Brown added.

He also said "the end was coming" and that he was "going to hurt and kill more" officers. He said bombs had been planted all over the garage and downtown.