Children afraid to return to summer camp after shooting happened a few hundred yards away

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Posted at 4:59 PM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 17:50:33-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A group of kids were afraid to go back to summer camp on Wednesday after a deadly shooting happened a few hundred yards from where they were playing.

The accused shooter was in court Wednesday afternoon, but summer camp leaders said that still doesn't reassure them that this couldn't happen again.

"As soon as the one that was sitting here heard 'pop, pop, pop, pop,' she immediately started screaming for the kids to get inside," said Community Inspired Solutions Summer Camp Co-Founder Rebecca Webb.

A man was shot on Tuesday, just a few hundred yards from the Community Inspired Solutions Summer Camp.

"We had a group of kids that noticed a lady kind of behaving erratically across the street. So, they were sitting looking right over that way right when it all happened," Webb said.

While counselors rushed about 45 children inside the park building, the damage had already been done.

"They were scared, we had kids having panic attacks, we had kids that were crying. Our older kids are really good though and they stepped up, everyone was carrying a child, holding a child, trying to comfort them and calm them down," said Webb.

Webb told LEX 18 that some kids were too terrified to return to camp on Wednesday. Mentors talked with the ones who did show up and tried to help them cope with what happened.

Counselors will now work with police to come up with a shooting response plan for the future.

"Just to be prepared. What happened yesterday was just instinct - get the kids to safety," Webb said.