On July 7, 2016, multiple shots were fired at a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas, held against the police killings of two black men from other states. The shooting occurred in an area of hotels, restaurants, businesses, and residential apartments only a few blocks away from Dealey Plaza. Portions of the city extend into neighboring Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall counties.The gunman, later identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, began firing at police officers at p.m., killing five officers and injuring nine. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 385.8 square miles (999.3 km Dallas' skyline contains several buildings over 700 feet (210 m) in height. Good examples of postmodernist skyscrapers are Fountain Place, Bank of America Plaza, Renaissance Tower, JPMorgan Chase Tower, and Comerica Bank Tower.Central Dallas is anchored by Downtown, the center of the city, along with Oak Lawn and Uptown, areas characterized by dense retail, restaurants, and nightlife.
The city's prominence arose from its historical importance as a center for the oil and cotton industries, and its position along numerous railroad lines.
South Dallas, a distinct neighborhood southeast of Downtown, lays claim to the Cedars, an eclectic artist hotbed, and Fair Park, home of the annual State Fair of Texas, held in late September and through mid-October.