Active shooter reported in downtown Dallas near Victory Park
UPDATE: Dallaspolice revealed that no charges have been filed against a man who barricaded himself in an apartment complex on March 25 and instigated "active shooter" protocol downtown. Police apprehended the suspect around 1 pm and have yet to locate a gun or weapon of any kind.
Dallas police are investigating an active shooter situation in downtown Dallas. The Perot Museum, Dallas Aquarium, W Hotel and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts are all on lockdown. Police report that the active shooter call came from the Vista Apartments located in the 2300 block of Houston Street.
Around 10 am on Tuesday, March 25, an unknown number of shots were fired from inside an apartment unit. No injuries have been reported at this time. Around 11:30 am, Dallas SWAT reported that it was dealing with a barricaded person related to the active shooter call. Shortly after noon, SWAT set off a flash bang to distract the suspect.
Multiple law enforcement units are on the scene at Victory Park and police are asking everyone to avoid the area. As a precaution, police have shut down northbound Houston Street at Lamar, as well as Olive, Museum Way, Highmark and Victory Park.
At 12:15 pm, Sgt. Warren Mitchell addressed the media in the parking lot of the Perot Museum. He said that officers were responding to a "shots fired" call when they discovered an armed individual had created a barricade inside the apartment complex. Mitchell would not confirm reports of an ambulance seen leaving the building.
"SWAT has contained the scene for right now. The situation is still ongoing," Mitchell said. "That's about all the information we can give out at this time."