Dallas police say 11 officers were shot by snipers during a protest Thursday night against recent deadly police shootings, CBS News reports. Five officers were killed, including two officers with the Dallas police and one officer with DART, the local transportation system.
Two snipers shot down at the officers from an "elevated position," Dallas Police Chief David Brown said in a statement.
"They planned to injure and kill as many law enforcement officers as they could," Chief Brown said.
The shooting comes on the heels of a volatile week in which two men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, were shot and killed by police in separate incidents in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Falcon Heights, Minnesota, respectively.
Many stars spoke out on the police shootings, and still more took to Twitter on Thursday to express their sorrow and outrage at this most recent incident.
“These Dallas shootings are horrific,” singer John Legend tweeted shortly after the news broke. “Killing these officers is morally reprehensible and completely counterproductive to keeping us safe.”
“Being against cops killing is not equal to being for killing cops,” he continued. “We need peace in our streets.”
These Dallas shootings are horrific. Killing these officers is morally reprehensible and completely counterproductive to keeping us safe.— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 8, 2016
Being against cops killing is not equal to being for killing cops. We need peace in our streets.— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 8, 2016
See what more celebs had to say below:
We are all hurting tonight. More violence is not the answer. #StoptheViolence— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 8, 2016
One step forward, ten steps back. The point is to save lives not trade places. 💔 https://t.co/46Nfg4VyUm— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) July 8, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with ALL those AMERICAN human beings so recently murdered by their compatriots. Black/blue, human/people.— Ethan Suplee (@EthanSuplee) July 8, 2016
#Dallas is the horrific, inevitable-feeling intersection of America's murderous racism and its toxic love affair with guns. We need change.— Lucas Neff (@RealLucasNeff) July 8, 2016
This country is gun sick— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) July 8, 2016