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Before gunfire, Dallas officers, protesters were posing for photos together

Bystanders run for cover after shots fired at a Black Live Matter rally in downtown Dallas on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Dallas protestors rallied in the aftermath of the killing of Alton Sterling by police officers in Baton Rouge, La. and Philando Castile, who was killed by police less than 48 hours later in Minnesota. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)
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Bystanders ran for cover after shots were fired at a rally in downtown Dallas.

When shots rang out in Dallas Thursday night, striking 11 police officers and killing three, a peaceful protest of police shooting was turned into a scene of chaos as people fled for cover from the gunshots.

The gunfire, which was captured on video shared on social media, broke out around 8:45 p.m. Thursday.

Live TV video showed protesters marching along a street about half a mile from City Hall when the shots erupted and the crowd scattered, seeking cover.

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Just before the shots were fired, Dallas Police had tweeted photos of themselves posing with demonstrators and posted videos of the non-violent action.

View tweets about the protest

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Aimee Ortiz can be reached at aimee.ortiz@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @aimee_ortiz.