The family of the man who reportedly fired a handgun at a youth summer camp says he was experiencing a mental health episode during the Monday morning attack inside the Duncanville Fieldhouse.
Duncanville police allege Brandon Keith Ned fired at least two shots inside the building, where about 250 children were attending camp. Ned was killed by police, who arrived within minutes, and no one else was hurt.
Ned’s family told KXAS-TV (NBC5) the 42-year-old was bipolar and showed signs of mental distress days before the gunfire. His wife, LaQuitha Ned, told the TV station she planned to take him to a clinic for help that day.
“I know that he would never hurt anybody,” LaQuitha Ned said.
Brother DeWayne Ned said, “I want to apologize to everyone at the fieldhouse, everyone that was involved … but I just want to let you know that he was never there purposefully and intentionally to hurt anyone.”
Family said Brandon Ned was at the fieldhouse to with a friend to drop her children off at camp. He grew impatient waiting in the car and went inside, they said. Brandon Ned normally did not carry a firearm but had one Monday that belonged to his wife, NBC5 reported.
Court records show Brandon Ned was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to intoxication manslaughter in 2011. Ned was also convicted of a cocaine possession charge. His sentence ran concurrently with his prison time in the manslaughter case.
The attack in Duncanville comes nearly three weeks after the massacre in Uvalde, where 21 people, including 19 children, were killed by a gunman at Robb Elementary School.
“We talked about the Uvalde situation, how sad it was,” LaQuitha Ned told NBC5. “[Brandon] felt like the guy was selfish. We talked about these things. And then this happened.”
The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating, and no additional details about the attack have been released.