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A YOUNG summer camper has opened up about the horrific moment a gunman opened fire in the wake of the shooting at Robb Elementary School.
The shocking incident took place Monday at Duncanville Fieldhouse, a Dallas-area gym, and only resulted in the death of the shooter, 42-year-old Brandon Keith Ned, police said.
Duncanville Fieldhouse Shooting
The shooting took place at the Duncanville Fieldhouse on Monday.
Autumn, a girl who attended the camp in Duncanville, Texas, told ABC Dallas affiliate WFAA: “She walked into the room and then we heard gunshots.
“Then we got scared and everyone started crying.”
She added: “They just told us to keep quiet. There were showers in the men’s toilets so we hid there.”
Another camper, Jordan, also sheltered in place during the life-threatening shooting.
Jordan told the news outlet: “We all went to the back when we heard a couple of shots.
“I was just praying that nothing would happen, that he wouldn’t come up to where we were.”
Approximately 250 children, ranging in age from four to 15, were at the field house for day camp when the shooting occurred around 8:43 a.m. Monday, according to authorities.
Police responded immediately to the scene where a man was fatally shot at the farmhouse, according to The Associated Press.
No children, staff or police officers were injured in the shooting, authorities said.
Duncanville Mayor Barry Gordon told WFAA that police exchanged fire with Ned, who was equipped with a handgun, minutes after the shooting.
He told the news outlet: “Our officers did not hesitate.
“They did what they were trained to do and saved lives.”
Duncanville Deputy Police Chief Matthew Stogner revealed the unidentified man fired a shot after conversing with a staff member.
Stogner said the gunman tried to enter a classroom with children but was unable to open the locked door.
After firing a shot at the door, the gunman headed toward the gym, which also had children inside, Stogner said.
Police arrived as the man was heading towards the sports area, just two minutes after they began receiving phone calls, where they exchanged shots.
Ned was transported to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
And now the Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting.
Public records reveal that Ned has a criminal history with convictions for drug possession, illegal carrying of a weapon and intoxication manslaughter, according to a Fox affiliate.
Meanwhile, a camp counselor in charge of about 40 campers at the field house told an NBC affiliate that his group was ready to play when a shot was fired.
Naomi Rodgers told NBC DFW that another staff member ran into the room she was in and closed the door, warning, “We have an active shooter right now!”
The 18-year-old camp counselor said: “We had to move them around the room because the building is glass and we had to find a safe space.
“The shooter actually came to our door … and he said if we didn’t let him see who he wanted to see, he would shoot on the spot.”
She continued: “The glass started to fall and I started praying because that was all I could do.
“I know what happened in Uvalde and I thought that this cannot happen.
“Not today. Not today.”
The shooting at Duncanville Fieldhouse comes just weeks after a shooting was reported at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022.
Ultimately, it claimed the lives of at least 18 students and three adults, including fourth-grade teacher Eva Mireles.
Duncanville is about 350 miles north of Uvalde, Texas.