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Learning More About The Georgia School Shooting Suspect

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

By KATE BRUMBACK

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) -- Emergency dispatchers were told that the suspect in a shooting and standoff at a suburban Atlanta school was off his medication and he thought he should have gone to a mental hospital instead of a school.

Michael Brandon Hill relayed messages to DeKalb County emergency dispatchers through a bookkeeper at McNair Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga. after shooting at police Tuesday afternoon.

In a 911 tape that was released Wednesday, school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff spoke for the 20-year-old Hill. She told dispatchers that Hill said he had nothing to live for and wanted police to call the DeKalb County probation office.

Hill was arrested in March for making terroristic threats in Henry County and was sentenced to probation.

Police said Hill was carrying nearly 500 rounds and no one was injured.

Associated Press Release

By KATE BRUMBACK

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) -- A woman who took in the suspect in an Atlanta-area school shooting says he was mentally ill but never violent in the past.

Natasha Knotts says that Michael Brandon Hill lived with her and her husband for a time when he was in his late teens. She says they took him in after he started coming to the church where they serve as pastors.

She says Hill called her sister Tuesday afternoon before the shooting and said he had a rifle but didn't say what he was planning to do.

There were no injuries in the gunfire Tuesday, but the situation terrified parents who have students at the school. Police say the 20-year-old Hill exchanged gunfire with them before surrendering. He faces charges including aggravated assault on a police officer and terroristic threats.


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