Violence continues to envelop our country Thursday night as a gunman opened fire on a protest in Dallas, TX.

Peaceful protests following two deaths of African Americans at the hands of police turned violent when upwards of 20 gunshots in rapid succession rang through the air, most aimed towards Dallas police officers. There are varying reports claiming that anywhere between 2-6 officers have been shot and it’s presently unknown if there are other civilian victims as well.

Bystanders have been encouraged to “flee the area” and seek shelter.

As of the posting of this article, the assailant is on the loose. Much of the downtown Dallas area has been shut down as police continue to search for the shooter.