None of the 150 children attending a Duncanville summer camp at an indoor sports and fitness center were hurt when an armed man opened fire before police fatally shot him.
By David Silva Ramirez Source Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A man armed with a gun was killed by police at the Duncanville Fieldhouse on Monday morning, when about 150 children were attending a summer camp, according to Duncanville police.
Police said no children, staff or officers were harmed.
At about 8:45 a.m., police received phone calls about a person armed with a gun and shots fired at the fieldhouse, at 1700 S. Main St., Duncanville police spokeswoman Michelle Arias said at a press conference shown on social media by KXAS-TV.
The summer camp at the fieldhouse, an indoor sports and fitness center, had about 150 children attending. Campers were evacuated from the building.
Officers arrived at the fieldhouse about two minutes after they were called, entered the building, found the suspect armed with a gun and confronted him, police said at the news conference. The gunman was shot by officers and later died at a hospital, police said.
Authorities have not publicly identified the suspect. Police said it is unclear whether the man was targeting anyone at the fieldhouse, or what led up to the incident, Star-Telegram media partner WFAA-TV reported.
Duncanville Mayor Barry Gordon told WFAA that police responded within two minutes and that within 10 minutes, they had shot and killed the suspect.
The officers recently underwent active shooter training, the mayor said.
“Our officers did not hesitate,” Gordon told WFAA. “They did what they were trained to do and saved lives.”
Police said the fieldhouse has been cleared, and parents can pick up children at the Duncanville Recreation Center at 201 James Collins Blvd.
Michael Strickland, whose grandchildren were at the summer camp, told WFAA that he saw news about the shooting on Facebook and rushed to the fieldhouse.
“This world we live in now, it’s unpredictable,” Strickland said. “There’s two forces, good and evil. Clearly it shows what side this incident is on.”
Duncanville is in south Dallas County, about 30 miles east of Fort Worth.
Police blocked off a black SUV in the fieldhouse parking lot with crime scene tape and were investigating the vehicle, video from the scene shows.
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