U.S. President Barack Obama condemns the killing of five Dallas police officers and wounding of six other people by snipers.
NATURAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION U.S. President Barack Obama has condemned as vicious, calculated and despicable an attack by snipers operating from rooftops in Dallas who killed five police officers in a coordinated attack during one of several protests across the country against the killing of two black men by police this week. Six other people including at least one civilian have been wounded. Police described Thursday night's ambush as carefully planned and executed and had taken three people into custody before a fourth died from what Dallas-based media said was a self-inflicted gunshot after a standoff that extended into Friday morning. The fourth suspect had exchanged gunfire with police during the standoff at a downtown garage and warned of placing bombs throughout the city. Police have yet to confirm his death. The attack was one of the worst mass shootings of police in U.S. history. "I believe that I speak for every single American when I say that we are horrified over these events and that we stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas," Obama said at a NATO news conference in Poland. "According to police there are multiple suspects. We will learn more, undoubtedly, about their twisted motivations but let's be clear, there is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement. The FBI is already in touch with the Dallas police and anyone involved in these senseless murders will be held fully accountable." White House officials have spoken with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings about the shooting that turned the downtown of one of the largest U.S. cities into a sprawling crime scene, unfolding along streets that house major corporations, restaurants and government offices.