A week that has been full of shocks gets much worse:
Eleven police officers were shot ambush-style, including five fatally, in Dallas Thursday night by at least two snipers, amid a protest against the recent police shootings of two black men, Alton Sterling in Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Minnesota, according to the Dallas Police.
One of the suspects had engaged in a standoff for several hours with police, but a Dallas city official announced around 3:30 a.m. that it was over. It was not immediately known what his condition was.
The condition of the six wounded officers remains unknown. One civilian was also injured.
Officials said the gunmen aimed to kill as many officers as possible.
We're not going to jump to conclusions about what motivated the shooters. There is a lot of investigating and fact finding to be done first.
Instead, we will mourn the dead, and pray for the wounded.
And then we will think of our country. It is easy to believe, in a time of very high emotion, that events are about to spiral out of control. We are not so naive as to believe they can't -- because evil, in all its forms, feeds on destruction and despair.
But we will not fall prey to despair. We will look for answers, and work for solutions, motivated by the knowledge that evil only wins when good people do nothing.