Stars including John Legend, Demi Lovato, Olivia Wilde and Don Cheadle have responded to the news that five police officers have been killed and many others injured after two snipers opened fire during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas on Thursday, July 7.
As Us Weekly reported previously, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said in a statement that the snipers shot at 11 officers from “elevated positions” near Dealey Plaza during a protest over shootings by police earlier this week of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.
In addition to the five deceased officers, at least three of the injured are in critical condition. “Some officers were shot in the back,” Brown added during a press conference, and he told reporters that they believed a bomb may have been hidden somewhere downtown.
As news of the sniper shootings broke, celebrities jumped on Twitter to react to the tragedy.
These Dallas shootings are horrific. Killing these officers is morally reprehensible and completely counterproductive to keeping us safe.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 8, 2016
“These Dallas shootings are horrific,” Legend wrote. “Killing these officers is morally reprehensible and completely counterproductive to keeping us safe. Being against cops killing is not equal to being for killing cops. We need peace in our streets.”
“It is truly tragic when a vicious few turn a peaceful protest into a bloodbath. Horrific and sad. #nomoreviolence,” added Wilde.
It is truly tragic when a vicious few turn a peaceful protest into a bloodbath. Horrific and sad. #nomoreviolence
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) July 8, 2016
Read more celebrity reaction in the Tweets below:
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) July 8, 2016
We are all hurting tonight. More violence is not the answer. #StoptheViolence
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 8, 2016
Sick, misguided mfs all around!
— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) July 8, 2016
— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) July 8, 2016
There is tragedy. We answer it with tragedy. We demand justice. We seek vengeance. We hang our heads in sorrow. Sad week in the US of A
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) July 8, 2016
Just heard about shootings in #Dallas Please everyone stop killing each other- no more guns. No more violence. No more murder. Horrible.
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) July 8, 2016
Praying for Peace✌?️✌?✌?✌?we need to stop all this…sad to see all that is happening!!! I wanna hope this is all a bad dream…it ain’t?
— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) July 8, 2016
praying for the families of the officers killed tonight in dallas. praying we stop trying to end hate with hate. only love can do that ??
— christina perri (@christinaperri) July 8, 2016
Brent Thompson. 4 more officers dead, names still unreleased. More wounded.
Heartsick for Dallas this morning.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) July 8, 2016
Dallas,we mourn those who lost their lives protecting us and stand together, united, to cherish those we live and work next to #DallasStrong
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) July 8, 2016
As someone with law enforcement in my family, I am just shaking. That does not equal this. Senseless. Horrific. Heartbreaking.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) July 8, 2016
My heart hurts. Too much death. Too much hate. Hug your loved ones tight. Tell them that in the darkest times, we MUST love even harder.
— Rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones) July 8, 2016