Averting A Crisis, Police Killed A Shooter At A Dallas Federal Courthouse

Federal Protective Services officers shot and killed the assailant. One person experienced minor injuries following the incident Monday morning.

By Terri LangfordJune 18, 2019 11:16 am, , ,

Dallas Morning News reporter Tom Fox happened to be at the federal courthouse in Dallas on Monday, reporting on a story, when a shooter opened fire there. Police averted a crisis by shooting the person dead. But before that, Fox captured a photo of the shooter, which appeared on the front page of Tuesday’s Dallas Morning News.

KERA reporter Syeda Hasan, who’s in Dallas, says the shooting took place shortly before 9 a.m., and though one person experienced minor injuries, there were no fatalities besides for the shooter. It’s not yet known whom the shooter was targeting, if anyone.

“At 8:40 a.m., the suspect opened fire on the building,” Hasan says. “This all unfolded very quickly; law enforcement responded immediately. … Authorities had a perimeter established around the courthouse area. There were lots of emergency vehicles and lots of folks being directed to stay away from that scene.”

It’s not known whether the shooter lived in Dallas, or why the courthouse was a target.

“Hopefully we’ll get some more clarity in the days to come,” Hasan says. “It really was a random even that caught a lot of folks off guard.”

KERA tried to talk to people who know the shooter, Hasan says, but no one so far has been willing to speak on the record.


Written by Caroline Covington.