Dallas Protester Caught In Chaos Shares Story
DALLAS - Friday, News 9 heard from a peaceful protester in Dallas who found herself in the middle of chaos.
Many protesters are still in shock after witnessing what they called a beautiful and peaceful protest turn into something so evil.
“I don’t think any of it has sunk in yet,” said Annie Irwin who marched with Dallas protesters Thursday night.
The demonstration was a response to officer-involved shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.
For nearly two hours, protesters marched through the streets of downtown Dallas, Annie Irwin, her husband, and son among the nearly 1,200 who participated.
“There were people from all over the place, every color, background imaginable it was actually a very, very beautiful space they had created.
Annie and her family were at the tail end of the group. As the march came to an end, gunshots rang out.
“We heard pop, pop, pop, pop,” said Irwin. “It was clearly gun shots and then the next thing I knew people were running at us so we started running too.”
In the midst of the chaos, Annie and her husband became separated from their 19-year-old son.
He thankfully escaped the pandemonium downtown, but for the next hour Annie and her husband ran to various spots around the city to hide from the shooter.
“A police officer came running at us and said 'Run. Move! Move! Run for your lives.' so we ran down the street and we ended up, eventually ended up at Union Station and we ran into the tunnels,” she said.
Annie and her husband stayed the night at a hotel, trapped downtown because the trains were shut down.
From their hotel room, they watched as police searched for the lone gunman responsible for killing five officers and wounding several others.
“I'm so sad for our city right now. I am so sad for all of our wonderful police officers in this city,” said Irwin. “I think that the sad thing about this whole situation is that nobody is winning. Nobody is winning right now.”
This was the deadliest event for police officers in the country since September 11, 2001.