If You Were Thinking of Heading to the Zoo ...

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Don't. It's closed. Per Dallas PD a little while ago, officer were serving warrants on two aggravated robbery suspects when one ran ... all the way into the Giants of the Savanna exhibit, where he remains at large. Per DPD's note, SWAT's been sent in.

When the incident occurred shortly after 10:30 this morning, folks in the part of the zoo were evacuated -- most of them, kids on field trips. Dallas PD says it's not sure whether the man's armed or not; some who were there tweet that he did have a gun, but, again, not clear. (Wrote one woman who was there: "I hope the lions and cheetahs attack.")

NBC-Channel 5's eye in the sky is carrying live video from the manhunt. Riveting? Updates forthcoming from Intern Alex, who is on the scene. At least, outside the gate.

Update at 1:02 p.m.: Intern Alex reports back that the DPD and zoo officials just gave the all-clear, which means you're free to roam the Dallas Zoo again. According to Gregg Hudson, the zoo's exec director, the suspect was never in any of the exhibits, but in the back of the zoo -- toward the animal medical facilities. There were 4,000 at the zoo at 10:15, when the incident began, 3,000 of whom were school children. Says Alex, "Two suspects entered south side by jumping a wall. Confirmed via sweep of the area" reveals he's no longer there.

Also: DPD's not sure if the suspect was armed, but certainly treated it as though he were. Alex also notes: "The suspect was spotted in south via an observation tower, but by the time DPD got down he was no longer there."
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Officer Standanko
Officer Standanko

The individual was reportedly spotted in the aviary but has since flown the coop.

Officer Standanko
Officer Standanko

Correction on that last report..

It was actually an owl that was spotted in the aviary.

spotted..

owl..

Well, what do you expect? You kind of get what you pay for around these parts.

Betty Botter
Betty Botter

I have a friend who works at the zoo. As far as she and her co-workers could tell, the DPD decided they couldn't find the guy & went home. They're not feeling very safe right now, despite the "all clear."

Guest
Guest

Yeah, my wife is a teacher, and she was at the zoo with her class when this all went down.

Of course, she made it sound much worse than it was when she was telling me about it.

Jay
Jay

Are we sure this interloper was a fugitive, and not just a new exhibit featuring an "urban hunter-gatherer?"

Edgar
Edgar

In an episode of The Wire, an editor pointed out that places, venues, etc. are "evacuated." When people are evacuated, thatmeans they void their bowels. If that's right, and you were already aware of that, this story just got a lot more interesting.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Have Intern Alex try to make direct contact with the perp.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

I will. Because how else do you get elevated from intern?

Press conference in seven minutes. After that, Alex goes in. I sent him in a Jabari costume. May have made a mistake there.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

I will. Because that's how you get promoted from intern.

Press conference in 10 minutes. After that, Alex is going in. I sent him a Jabari costume.

Mballar
Mballar

Lions. . .Tigers. . .and Robbers. . .Oh My!!

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