Sniper Targets Georgia School Children

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Atlanta, GA -- May 17, 2012 --

Police in an Atlanta suburb have enlisted the help of federal agents to examine a rifle dropped by a man who was seen aiming it at a school bus.

Clayton County police Officer Phong Nguyen says the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will try to obtain leads from the weapon, a Marlin .22-caliber rifle.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that more than 50 officers spent Wednesday afternoon going door-to-door in the neighborhood where witnesses saw the man aiming at the bus Monday morning.

The man fled when witnesses confronted him. Authorities said a neighbor chased him, but broke off the pursuit when the man used a second gun and shot at him.

Police recovered the rifle and a notebook filled with bus numbers at the scene.

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  • by Anonymous on May 18, 2012 at 06:41 AM
    Ok. The story is about "SNIPER TARGETS GEORGIA SCHOOL CHILDREN", why are you so concerned about what kind of rifle this sick person had. Just glad the kids are safe. That is what's most important.
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      by 62nitro on May 18, 2012 at 09:24 AM in reply to
      I agree 100% Thank God no children were hurt. I hope they catch this sicko before he can hurt anyone.
  • by Black flag on May 17, 2012 at 06:40 PM
    This kind of incident usually isn't a case for the ATF to take the lead. The FBI must have their hands full. Not that one is better than the other, they're both jokes.
  • by 62nitro Location: Tallahassee on May 17, 2012 at 05:59 PM
    I read comment after comment 2 days ago about the rifles that were recovered in a Georgia drug bust. Oh, they are just hunting rifles and the corrupt cops are just destroying the lives of two innocent people that are ONLY growing pot and they happened to have a few bags of prescription pills. This is ONLY A 22 Marlin rifle so maybe the bad old cops should return it to the guy when they catch him.
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      by huh? on May 18, 2012 at 01:13 AM in reply to 62nitro
      Honestly 62nitro - that's a pretty silly comment. The 2 incidents can't be compared in seriousness. Plus, how many homes in south GEorgia don;t have a few hunting rifles in them? Those guns were only used to make the pot growing incident seem a little more sinister for the benefit of the cops and the press. This situation was and is increadibly dangerous.
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        by 62nitro on May 18, 2012 at 09:23 AM in reply to huh?
        I was just trying to bring attention to the fact that ANY kind of gun in the hands of someone who is of questionable intelligence is a danger to us all, no matter what all of the folks were saying that support legalizing drugs. People that deal drugs on any level, use drugs or approve of drug abuse by anyone, should fall into that catagory. I bet the sicko pointing a gun at these children either was on drugs, or abuses drugs on a regular basis. Read the recent arrests page on this web site, and you will see that nearly everyone arrested was in possession of pot at the time of their arrest. I know that the 2 incidents are completly different, I just have a problem with people calling rifles in the hands of drug dealers "just hunting rifles"
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          by Duhman on May 18, 2012 at 10:51 AM in reply to 62nitro
          So do you consider alcohol a drug? I hope so. How many people have been killed from DUIs. It is just as much a drug as Marijuana is. Only one issue, people can drive when they have smoked (maybe REAL slow) but they can drive better that drunks.
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          by 62nitro on May 18, 2012 at 11:54 AM in reply to 62nitro
          Reply to Duhman - Alcohol is a drug. Anything that alters your mind is a drug. Driving better than a drunk though,is still not good enough to be on the highway behind the wheel of any vehicle.
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      by CommonSense on May 18, 2012 at 05:06 AM in reply to 62nitro
      Put your thinking cap on 62nitro, the rifles you were reading about were ceased in a criminal case where the defendants were found INNOCENT. In this case there is a witness, evidence, and a felony charge waiting for whoever was stupid enough to do this. IF they are found innocent, yes, they'll probably get their .22 back. If they are convicted however, I HIGHLY doubt they'll be seeing, let alone holding, any type of firearm again.
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        by GV on May 18, 2012 at 05:56 AM in reply to CommonSense
        What are you talking about?The people nitro is talking about were not found innocent and have not gotten their guns back.Maybe the word"recovered"wasn't used correctly.He means that the police "confiscated"them.The people just got out on bond,how are ther found innocent?
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      by They should on May 18, 2012 at 06:45 AM in reply to 62nitro
      They should return it to him. Complete with a fresh new box of ammo. And he can enjoy it locked in solitary confinement for 200 years.
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