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Georgia School Shooting Suspect Had 500 Rounds Of Ammunition

By: Associated Press Email
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Associated Press Release

By KATE BRUMBACK

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) -- Police say the suspect in a Georgia school shooting had nearly 500 rounds of ammunition with him.

DeKalb County Police Detective Ray Davis says police believe that suspect Michael Brandon Hill got the AK 47-style rifle from an acquaintance. But he said at a news conference that it's not clear if he stole the gun or borrowed it.

No one was injured in the ordeal Tuesday at the school in Decatur, but police say the suspect exchanged gunfire with officers. They say he also fired once into the floor of the school office.

DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric L. Alexander says officers had to assume that Hill wanted to harm somebody.


Associated Press Release

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) -- A 20-year-old man is charged in a Georgia elementary school shooting that left no casualties but led to parents being terrified that it would be a repeat of the school massacre in Connecticut.

DeKalb County police say the suspect, identified as Michael Brandon Hill, held one or two staff members in the front office captive for a time. Chief Cedric L. Alexander says as officers swarmed the campus outside, Hill shot at them at least half a dozen times with an assault rifle and they returned fire.

Hill then surrendered and faces several charges.

More than one parent waiting at a nearby Wal-Mart for buses to bring their children said they couldn't help but think of Sandy Hook Elementary School where a gunman in December killed 26 people, 20 of them children.


Associated Press Release
By BILL BARROW and KATE BRUMBACK

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) -- A sheriff's official says a gunman carrying an assault rifle fired shots into the air outside an Atlanta-area elementary school and was taken into custody a short time later.

Authorities say no one was injured Tuesday afternoon at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, a few miles east of Atlanta. Children are being reunited with their parents at a nearby store.

DeKalb County Sheriff administrative aide Lt. Kyle Jones says the suspect was dressed in all black and there didn't appear to be any damage to school property.

Jones says the suspect surrendered without trouble when U.S. Marshals and officials from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office found him in the school's front office.

The suspect's identity has not yet been released. Jones says he was being held for questioning at police headquarters.


Associated Press Release

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) -- The superintendent of DeKalb County schools says police have a suspect in custody after reports of gunfire at an Atlanta-area elementary school.

Schools spokesman Quinn Hudson says all students at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur are accounted for Tuesday.

Superintendent Michael Thurmond tells The Associated Press that he is not aware of any injuries.

Television footage showed students being evacuated from the school and sitting outside in a field. Buses are being brought in to take children to their parents at nearby Wal-Mart.

Police are gathered at the school.

DeKalb County School Board Chairman Melvin Johnson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/16t14iF) there were reports of shots being fired inside the building that houses students from pre-school to fifth grade.

Calls to DeKalb County police were not immediately returned.


Associated Press Release

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) -- The superintendent of DeKalb County schools says police have a suspect in custody after reports of gunfire at an Atlanta-area elementary school.

Michael Thurmond tells The Associated Press that school officials are doing a head count to ensure all students at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy are safe Tuesday.

Television footage shows students had been evacuated from the school and were sitting outside in a field. Buses are being brought in to take children away from the school.

Thurmond says he is not aware of any injuries.

Police are gathered at the school.

DeKalb County School Board Chairman Melvin Johnson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/16t14iF) there were reports of shots being fired inside the building that houses students from pre-school to fifth grade.

A call to DeKalb County police was not immediately returned.


Associated Press Release

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities in DeKalb County are responding to a report of an active shooter at an elementary school.

Television footage from local outlets showed that students had been evacuated from Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy and were sitting outside in a field Tuesday afternoon.

DeKalb County School Board Chairman Melvin Johnson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/16t14iF) there were reports of shots being fired inside the building.

Information on whether anyone was injured was not immediately available. A call to DeKalb County police was not immediately returned.
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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com


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