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Officials: Ga. school suspect had assault rifle

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Updated: 8/20/2013 5:14 pm
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) -- A police chief says the suspect in a Georgia elementary school shooting fired from inside the school and officers returned fire.

DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric L. Alexander said at a news conference that the gunman who had an assault rifle was able to get into Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur Tuesday by following behind someone who was authorized to be there.

Alexander says the 19-year-old suspect is being questioned.

The chief also says officers believed the suspect had explosives in the trunk of his car so they cut a hole in a fence to man sure students running from the building could get even farther away.

DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond praised faculty and authorities who got the young students to safety, saying it is a "blessed day, all our children are safe."
The DeKalb County schoolboard chairman said a there was an active shooter at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy. (WSB)
The DeKalb County schoolboard chairman said a there was an active shooter at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy. (WSB)
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (WSB-TV) -- Channel 2 Action News has confirmed that one person is in custody after shots were fired at a DeKalb County elementary school.

The DeKalb County school board chairman said there was an active shooter at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy.

Channel 2 Action News has confirmed with multiple sources that the suspect is a white man in his 20s who was armed with an AK-47 and dressed in black.

Sources say he surrendered peacefully.

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Chairman Melvin Johnson said there have been reports of shots fired. There are no injuries.

News Chopper 2 footage showed children running from the school building.

The charter school is located on 2nd Avenue in Decatur.

Parents are being asked to go to the Walmart near Gresham Road and Interstate 20 to get their children. Hundreds of parents flooded the parking lot to be reunited with their children.

A woman in the school office called Channel 2 Action News to report that there was a shooter in the school. She told a Channel 2 assignment desk editor that the gunman asked her to call WSB-TV and police. Shots could be heard over the call.

Channel 2 Action News has 16 crews covering all angles of the shooting. Reporter Dave Huddleston spoke to parents gathered at Walmart about how they heard about the shooting.

Gunman orders school worker to call Channel 2


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Gunny48 - 8/20/2013 6:17 PM
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Bizarre to say the least. Glad no one hurt but this does not make any sense. It raises a "false flag" for me...
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