Police shot dead a gunman at a Dallas area gym where about 150 children — including some as young as 4 — were attending a day camp, authorities said.
The shooting took place at around 8:45 a.m. Monday at the Duncanville Fieldhouse, where the suspect entered the lobby with a handgun and fired a round while talking to a staff member, Assistant Police Chief Matthew Stogner said.
No children, employees or officers were injured during the incident.
Naomi Rodgers, an 18-year-old camp counselor, told NBC DFW she was about to play a game with a group of 40 children in a classroom when the first gunshot rang out.
A staffer then ran into the room, locked the door and alerted Rodgers to an active shooter situation.
“The shooter actually came to our door … and he said if we didn’t let him see who he wanted to see he was going to shoot the place up,” Rodgers recalled.
The counselor said the armed intruder then fired a round at the glass door.
“The glass started to fall and I just started to pray then because that’s all I could do,” Rodgers said. “I know what happened at Uvalde … and I was like this cannot happen. Not today. Not today.”
The man then went to the gym, which also contained children, at which point Stogner said officers arrived and shot the suspect in an exchange of gunfire.
The man was administered first aid before being taken to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
As of Tuesday, police have not yet identified the shooter or revealed a motive.
Stogner said police arrived within two minutes of getting a call about a gunman at the gym.
Duncanville Mayor Barry Gordon told WFAA that the officers had just recently undergone active shooter training.
“Our officers did not hesitate,” Gordon said. “They did what they were trained to do and saved lives.”
The incident comes three weeks after an 18-year-old gunman entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and massacred 21 people, including 19 children.
In Uvalde, heavily armed police officers waited in a school hallway for 77 minutes before confronting and killing the school shooter.
All children attending the camp in Duncanville were moved to a nearby recreation center where they were picked up by their parents.
“It could’ve been really bad today,” Tomisha Johnson, whose daughter works as a counselor at the summer camp, told Fox4. “It could’ve been really bad, but thank God it wasn’t.”