Suspect in Custody at GA Elem. School Shooting Incident

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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.

A police chief says the school gunman came in behind someone authorized to be there; stayed in office area and fired shots from inside school. He also says that officers fired back from outside the school.

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. Police report that the suspect had nearly 500 rounds of ammunition.

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.

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 were not immediately returned.


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