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The Duncanville Fieldhouse was locked down Monday morning after a man with a gun began shooting inside the building, where children were attending summer day camp.

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The Duncanville Fieldhouse was locked down Monday morning after a man with a gun began shooting inside the building, where children were attending summer day camp.

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A gunman opened fire inside a building where more than 250 children and staff were starting a day of summer camp on Monday, sparking a panic that ended in a shootout with police in Duncanville , in Texas.

Officers shot the attacker, who was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Authorities credit the quick response of camp staff and police with preventing injury to anyone.

The assault in suburban Dallas first sparked fears of another tragedy, weeks after a mass shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas. Nationwide, there have been 267 mass shootings so far this year, according to the independent agency Gun Violence Archive.

The shooter passed through several areas of the complex

The incident began at 8:43 a.m. local time when police received calls from a gunman and shots fired at Duncanville Fieldhouse, a huge sports complex that regularly holds hundreds of campers and members staff during summer camp sessions.

The first officers arrived two minutes after police were alerted to the shooter, Duncanville Deputy Police Chief Matthew Stogner told a news conference.

“They did exactly what they were trained to do, which was to go in and stop the threat,” he said.

Children and parents were immediately put on alert

After gunshots rang out inside the Fieldhouse, some children hid and texted their parents, scared for their lives. At the time, the place welcomed children from 4 to 14 years old.

“I was scared. Because I had just woke up … and then someone came and started shooting,” Chloe Bausta, a camper who was in the hall’s dance studio, told the outlet. local television station KDFW.

“No children were harmed,” Duncanville Fieldhouse management said afterwards. No police or staff were injured either.

The children were taken to a recreation center a few blocks away, where they were reunited with their families.

The first hit triggered a lock

Outlining Monday’s sequence of events, Stogner said it began when a man entered the front doors of the Fieldhouse with a handgun. He spoke briefly with a member of staff there, then fired a shot – which was heard by others in the building.

“Hearing that gunshot, [camp counselors] then did what they were trained to do,” Stogner said. “They moved the kids to a safe area and started locking the doors.

The shooter walked down a hallway to a classroom, only to find the door was locked. He then fired a shot into the room, Stogner said. From there, the shooter entered a gymnasium where other children were present. He did not immediately open fire and advisers worked to get the children out of the area, Stogner said.

Officers caught up to the shooter in the gymnasium and confronted him, triggering an exchange of gunfire, “where he was dropped to the floor,” Stogner said.

A reason is not yet known

Police declined to discuss a motive or identify the shooter on Monday, citing the ongoing investigation. The case is being handled by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The Fieldhouse was hosting its second week of summer day camp. Due to the active investigation of the scene of the shooting, children enrolled there will be offered places at other camps this week, Duncanville City Manager Aretha Ferrell-Benavides said.


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