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Shots Fired at Atlanta-Area Grade School

August 20, 2013  | 

A suspect is in custody after shots were fired at an Atlanta-area elementary school Tuesday, the school chief told CBS News. There are no reports of injuries, and all students and teachers are accounted for and safe.

Television footage showed students being evacuated from Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, a few miles east of Atlanta, and sitting outside in a field about 1:30 p.m. School buses were being brought in to take children to their parents at a nearby Wal-Mart.

Numerous police responded to the school, including SWAT. DeKalb County School Superintendent Michael Thurmond said the suspect is a man in his mid-20s and didn't have an obvious connection to the school.

WSB TV-2 Action News reports that the alleged gunman entered the school and talked to a clerk. The man, who was dressed in black and had an AK-47, surrendered peacefully after being confronted by police officers.

Tags: School Shootings, Active Shooters, Dekalb County (Ga.) PD


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Greg @ 8/21/2013 5:35 AM

Had an AK47, eh? Full auto weapon? OK, then it wasn't full auto, but it sure sounds scarier and makes for a better "crisis". Sure makes for better press to push for gun control...and Obama is planning on hitting Atlanta and what a surprisingly convenient thing to happen.

Not a conspiracy theory person, but some of these shootings are way too convenient.

Thank god for a brave woman at the school.

Chief B @ 8/22/2013 7:04 AM

"Shots fired"? surrendered peacefully? Who fired the shots??? I heard there was NO shots fired. I also heard the 500 rounds were in his car.

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