Summer camp staff rescue children from a gunman who entered the building

Texas police shot and killed a man who entered a summer camp early Monday morning

Texas police shot dead a man who broke into a summer camp early Monday morning (Image: WFFA)

Police shot dead a gunman after he fired a pistol into a room where about 250 children were attending a summer camp, authorities said.

Police in Duncanville, a Dallas, Texas suburb, were called to the field home around 8:43 a.m. after a gunman was reportedly inside the building where children ages 4 to 14 were attending a summer camp.

Authorities responded within two minutes of the call and found the suspect in the gym with a handgun. After a brief exchange of fire, the man was shot dead by the police.

He received medical attention before being taken to a hospital in the area, where he later died, NBC 5 reported.

No children were harmed, officials said.

The shooter entered the building through the lobby and had a chat with an employee before firing the first shot, Duncanville Deputy Police Chief Matthew Stogner said Monday afternoon.

Police have not released the name of the shooter or his possible motive.

An 18-year-old camp supervisor was watching over about 40 children when they heard a gunshot overhead.

Naomi Rodgers said she was about to play a game with her campers when she heard gunshots and demanded they lock the door.

“We had to move them all around the room because the building is glass and we had to find a safe spot,” Rodgers said. “The shooter actually came to our door… and he said if we don’t let him see who he wants to see, he’s going to shoot down the shop.”

Rodgers said the shooter shot at the glass door.

“The glass started falling and I just started praying because that was all I could do,” she said. “I know what happened in Uvalde… and I thought it can’t happen. Not today. Not today.’

The preliminary investigation found the gunman was in at least one other area where children were present, although none were attacked or injured, police said.

The only person injured was the gunman, who was fatally shot by police.

Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting.

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