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After snipers gunned down five police officers in Dallas on Thursday night, network news divisions were once again scrambling to get their anchors to the scene of the latest mass shooting in America.
CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, who hails from Lubbock, Texas, was already in the state on a preplanned vacation. So he was able to make the trip to Dallas in time to report from the scene for CBS This Morning. He’ll also anchor Friday’s Evening News broadcast from Dallas.
NBC News and MSNBC also have a large contingent of correspondents on the ground in Dallas including Joe Fryer, Gabe Gutierrez, Chris Hayes, Chris Jansing, Trymaine Lee, Tammy Leitner, Craig Melvin and Jacob Rascon. Brian Williams anchored the network’s breaking news coverage overnight, even appearing on NBC in the wee hours of the morning.
Cable news has been wall-to-wall since Thursday night when the shooting began. CNN’s Don Lemon first broke in with Dallas coverage Thursday night at 10:09 p.m. ET. The network is relying on Dallas-based correspondent Ed Lavandera, while reporters Sara Sidner and Kyung Lah also are on the scene.
Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly was at the tail end of her 9 p.m. ET program when the shooting began and remained on the air until handing over coverage to Shepard Smith at 11 p.m. After he got off the air at 1 a.m. ET, Smith hopped a flight to Dallas and will anchor from the city on Friday. FNC will present live editions of its primetime lineup with On the Record Wth Greta Van Susteren, The O’Reilly Factor, The Kelly File and Hannity. Additionally, the network has Dallas-based correspondent Casey Stegall, William La Jeunesse, Rick Leventhal and Rich Edson on the ground in Dallas.
The shooting took place during a protest over the recent deadly police shootings of black citizens. Twelve officers were shot, five fatally, in the deadliest incident for U.S. law enforcement since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The suspect died early Friday morning after a standoff with police that lasted several hours. He was killed when authorities detonated a bomb dispatched by a robot. Before he died, he told hostage negotiators that he wanted to kill white people, especially police officers, Dallas Police Chief David Brown revealed during a news conference on Friday morning.
“We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was,” Brown said. “Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb.”
Before he was killed, the suspect said he acted alone and was not affiliated with any hate groups.
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