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Portland family visiting Dallas were blocks away from Thursday's shooting

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A Portland family in Dallas were just blocks away from Thursday's shooting that killed five Dallas police officers.

Kathleen Vasconcellos told Fox 12 she and her family are down in Dallas to compete in the National Fencing Championships.

Vasconcellos told Fox 12 they could hear the gunshots ringing out from their hotel room.

"There's very few cars, very few people on the street. It's eerie. I don't know how this is all going to end without everybody just coming together and realizing that we are all people and we all just need to pull together. But there are going to be lone people out there who have their own views that are going to create the havoc like they're doing, so the rest of us just have to stay together, and as family, stay united."

Vasconcellos and her family are planning on flying back to Portland on Saturday.

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