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Dallas Police Change Policy After Two Mass Shootings In Two Weeks

Dallas police officers were at a concert over the weekend, but left before a shooting that led to one death and at least 16 people injured, including three children. It was the second large event in Dallas that resulted in a mass shooting in two weeks. There are at least 26 victims from the two shootings, according to Police Chief Eddie Garcia, Axios reports. Neither event had a city permit. Police responded to a shooting call in southern Dallas just after 12 a.m. Sunday and found 26-year-old Kealon Dejuane Gilmore near a stage with a gunshot wound to his head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The event, promoted by Bossman Bubba and headlined by rapper Big Boogie, had as many as 2,000 attendees.

Two weeks ago, at least 10 people were injured during a shooting at another concert in South Dallas with more than 1,000 people in attendance. One victim is 15 years old. "These officers should not have been working this event that didn't have a permit," Garcia said. Monday evening, Garcia announced a change to department policy. Officers are no longer allowed to work at events without proper permits. The police chief said the department is investigating both shootings and looking into whether event promoters and landowners might face criminal charges.


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