Dallas shootings: How social media played a role

A Dallas police officer, who did not want to be identified, takes a moment as she guards an intersection in the early morning after a shooting in downtown Dallas, Friday, July 8, 2016. At least two snipers opened fire on police officers during protests in Dallas on Thursday night; some of the officers were killed, police said. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

DALLAS (WATE) – Many reacted on social media after five people died and six were injured in a shooting in Dallas overnight.

Four snipers opened gunfire on police during a peaceful protest in Downtown Dallas. The protest was over recent shootings of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.

Police believe the snipers shot over the crowd from a parking garage. The snipers were targeting cops, according to investigators.

Three of the suspects are in custody and one died. Twelve officers were shot during the incident. Five officers died and two civilians was injured.

Before the shootings, protesters and police were supporting one another.

When news of the shootings went out, El Centro College went on lockdown. The school notified students and employees not on campus through twitter.

A student inside the school, posted a video on Facebook of the lockdown. The school in Downtown Dallas was near the scene of the shootings.

Some universities in other parts of Dallas warned students to avoid downtown.

Througout Thursday night and Friday morning, the Dallas Police Department provided updates on Twitter.

Dallas media outlets captured events on social media.

Also, many gave support to officers and victims. Dallas Mavericks owner, entrepreneur Mark Cuban lives in Dallas.

U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson asked for an end of gun violence.

Buildings in Dallas known to change colors for occasions, gave support to law enforcement and victims.

Support came from around the world.

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