According to the Dallas Police Department, officers responded to the 2800 block of Elm Street shortly after 2 a.m. as patrons were leaving bars in the area.
Executive assistant police chief Albert Martinez said in a news conference on Friday that multiple individuals were congregating near the corner of Elm Street and Crowdus Street when the incident occurred.
Officers believe an altercation happened between roughly four people, and shots were immediately fired, police said.
Five people were shot in the incident. Two people were pronounced dead at the scene, and several others were injured and taken to area hospitals for treatment, Martinez said.
According to police, two people are in custody in connection to the shooting.
Officers said they believe this to be an isolated incident and do not think there is an ongoing threat to the public.
Police said they are currently investigating what caused the individuals involved to begin shooting, and officers are reviewing surveillance video from the area to obtain more information.
Israel Herrera, police division chief over Deep Ellum, said during a news conference that police responded to the shooting within seconds.
Officers were stationed in Deep Ellum as part of their regular duties, Herrera said.
According to police, anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Dallas Police Department’s Homicide Unit.
At the end of last year, Dallas Police Chief Eddie García vowed to “take Deep Ellum back” for patrons and residents. His announcement came after a shooting in Deep Ellum that killed a teenager and left five others injured, including a 15-year-old girl.
Dallas police have now started closing some Deep Ellum streets to vehicle traffic on Friday and Saturday nights.
The closures began last month, and they are done in the interest of public safety each summer as pedestrian traffic increases, police spokeswoman Kristin Lowman said in a statement.
Parts of Main, Elm, and Pryor streets will close completely starting at 10 p.m. Southbound Malcolm X Boulevard will be closed from Indiana to Commerce Street. Indiana and Crowdus streets will also have limited closures.
Police said the roads will reopen by 3 a.m. after traffic has cleared.
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