Fast-thinking staffers save camp youngsters from suspected gunman in Texas

Police shot and killed a suspect Monday morning after he entered an athletic advanced the place summer time camp was going down in Duncanville, Texas, allegedly armed with a handgun, authorities mentioned.

No youngsters had been harmed after camp staffers ushered them to security when the person entered the constructing.

Police exchanged gunfire with the suspect on the Duncanville Fieldhouse inside minutes of arriving on the scene, Duncanville Mayor Barry Gordon mentioned, in line with ABC Dallas affiliate WFAA.

Crime scene tape surrounds a automobile outdoors the sports activities area advanced the place an armed man was killed by police after exhibiting up on the summer time camp being held in Duncanville, Texas, June 13, 2022.

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“Our officers didn’t hesitate,” Gordon mentioned. “They did what they had been skilled to do and saved lives.”

The summer time camp for 4- to 14-year-olds has a median attendance of greater than 250 campers and employees, the Duncanville Police Division mentioned in a press release.

A camp counselor confronted the suspected gunman within the foyer of the indoor sports activities and health heart.

Upon listening to the gunshots within the foyer, employees members moved the children to a secure space and locked the doorways, stopping the suspected gunman from getting inside, Duncanville Assistant Police Chief Matthew Stogner mentioned.

“[He] did fireplace one spherical contained in the classroom the place there have been youngsters inside,” Stogner mentioned. “Happily, nobody was injured.”

PHOTO: An aerial view shows the Duncanville Fieldhouse, an indoor sports and fitness venue at 1700 South Main Street where an incident occurred with an armed man showing up at the camp and being killed by police in Duncanville, Texas, June 13, 2022.

An aerial view exhibits the Duncanville Fieldhouse, an indoor sports activities and health venue at 1700 South Foremost Avenue the place an incident occurred with an armed man exhibiting up on the camp and being killed by police in Duncanville, Texas, June 13, 2022.

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Police arrived on the scene at 8:45 a.m. — two minutes after receiving calls — and commenced a search, finding the suspect “shortly” and exchanging gunfire, authorities mentioned. The suspect, who has not been recognized, was taken to an area hospital, the place he was pronounced lifeless.

The camp and Fieldhouse adopted lockdown procedures, police mentioned, including: “As a result of clear-headed actions of employees and the short response time of regulation enforcement, there have been no further accidents.”

Stogner praised the cops for shortly coping with the state of affairs and using their lively shooter coaching.

The incident comes weeks after 19 children and two lecturers had been killed in a faculty taking pictures in Uvalde, Texas.

Uvalde regulation enforcement has been closely criticized for his or her dealing with of the Could 24 taking pictures, which included ready for greater than an hour to confront the suspected gunman whereas college students had been inside.