‘Oh My God': Dallas Morning News Photographer Details Encounter With Gunman Outside of Federal Courthouse

Veteran Dallas Morning News photojournalist Tom Fox on Monday said he thought he “was gone” when he hid in an alcove from a heavily armed masked man at the downtown federal courts building.“I just kept thinking, 'He's going to look at me around that corner and he's going to shoot,” Fox said.Seconds before, Fox had heard what sounded like gunshots. He saw a figure emerge down the block, but he couldn't make out details.“So I pulled up my long lens and saw someone who I realized was the shooter. And I think, ‘Oh my God.’ I squeezed off a few frames as he picked something up — a clip, I think — and then I turned and ran.”Fox was at the Earle Cabell Federal Building for a routine assignment: get a photo of a defendant in a charter school fraud case.Once he got the shots, he planned to head to the Winspear Opera House to cover the mayoral and council inauguration.For about an hour, he had no luck. He passed the time watching people come and go while a homeless man danced at the corner of Griffin and Jackson streets.   Continue reading...

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