Summer Camp Halted After Police Shoot Armed Suspect Outside Campus

Police on Monday morning shot dead an armed man who had been approaching a building where roughly 150 children were attending summer camp.

The incident occurred around 8:45 a.m. when police officers in Duncanville, Texas, were called to the Duncanville Fieldhouse after receiving reports about a man with a gun, according to Fox 4 News. While searching the area, officers found an armed man and confronted him.

"Officers located a subject armed with a gun and engaged the subject," Duncanville Police Officer Michelle Arias told Fox 4. "The subject was struck and officers provided first aid. The suspect was transported to the hospital and later pronounced deceased."

No children taking part in the summer camp activities at the fieldhouse were harmed. No camp staff members or responding officers were injured either. Activities were halted after the confrontation, and the children were taken to a nearby rec center where their parents were able to pick them up, according to local news station NBC-DFW.

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Summer camp activities were halted in Duncanville, Texas, on Monday morning after police engaged with an armed man outside the Duncanville Fieldhouse. Above, a representational image of a crime scene in Texas. Scott Olson/Getty Images

The Duncanville Police Department has not released any information about the deceased suspect at this time, including his potential motive or what he was attempting to do at the fieldhouse.

Fox 4 spoke with local resident Donna Pearson, who had dropped her child off at the camp earlier in the day. She received a call about the incident from her brother, who was working at the camp as a coach.

"He said that the kids were okay," Pearson said. "They went into active protective mode and staff and kids were fine."

Tomisha Johnson, whose daughter worked at the summer camp, also spoke to the local news station about the incident, stating that the children were immediately taken to shelter once gunfire was heard nearby.

"As a parent, that's the worst call you want to hear, especially where your child is," Johnson said. "It is getting to the point where this is like an everyday situation. We're hearing so many active shootings, like every day. It's ridiculous. I don't know what is going to need to happen for this to stop. But all our babies was trying to do is have fun. That's all they want to do. And they can't even enjoy their summer."

Newsweek reached out to the Duncanville Police Department for comment.

Located in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, Duncanville is roughly 360 miles northeast of Uvalde, the town that was rocked by a deadly school shooting last month at Robb Elementary School. A total of 19 students and two teachers were killed in the incident, reigniting nationwide conversations about gun control and school safety.

On Sunday, a gun safety proposal was announced with bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate. Among its proposed measures are enhanced background checks for gun purchasers under the age of 21, and greater funds for school security and mental health services.