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Police: Gunman Wielded AK-47 Inside Georgia School; No One Injured

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A man who opened fire at a Georgia elementary school Tuesday was armed with an AK-47 "and a number of other weapons," police said.

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Kit B (276)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 8:35 am
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Atlanta (CNN) -- A man who opened fire at a Georgia elementary school Tuesday was armed with an AK-47 "and a number of other weapons," police said.

The shooter barricaded himself in the school's front office with employees before eventually surrendering to police, DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander told reporters.

No one was injured, authorities said.

Suspected shooter Michael Brandon Hill, 20, faces charges including aggravated assault on a police officer, terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said.

The shooter fired about six shots from inside the school toward officers as they approached outside, Alexander said, and police returned fire.

Police said it is unclear whether the suspect had any connection with the school, the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, which is about seven miles east of downtown Atlanta. Investigators think the gunman entered the school behind someone, Alexander said.

As the standoff unfolded, a caller told CNN affiliate WSB's assignment desk that she was in the school office with a gunman.

The man had a message he wanted the woman to share with the local television station, assignment editor Lacey LeCroy said, describing the conversation during WSB's newscast Tuesday evening.

"She said he told her to tell me he was not afraid to die," LeCroy said.

The gunman also threatened to harm police, the woman said, according to LeCroy.

Later, LeCroy heard gunshots crack over the television station's phone line. The woman in the school office wasn't sure who had fired, LeCroy said.

Investigators initially suspected there could be explosives in a vehicle the shooter parked outside the school, but police found no explosives inside, Parish said.

Teachers and administrators guided students out to a lawn outside the school's gym, where they remained while investigators combed the school to ensure there was no other threat. Concerns about explosives forced SWAT teams to cut a hole in a fence by the school and evacuate students through the yard of a neighboring home, Alexander said. On a nearby street, school buses waited to take them to safety.

"This was a very unusual situation where we had to get the kids away from any possible explosives," Alexander said.

This was the second arrest in six months for Hill, of DeKalb County. In March, he was arrested in neighboring Henry County on suspicion of "terrorist threats and acts," according to a record in the county sheriff's office. He was released on bail five days later. Information on what led to that arrest or whether the case is resolved wasn't immediately available.

Students were reunited with their parents at a nearby shopping center Tuesday afternoon. The children smiled and waved, and parents cheered, as each school bus arrived with students aboard.

"Everybody's safe," DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond said.

"This thing came out for the best," said Dale Holmes, DeKalb County's assistant police chief. "Thank God no one was hurt -- not even the suspect."
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Kit B (276)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 8:40 am

Here we go again. I think we must consider this a very lucky situation, this creep did not shoot anyone, he will stand trial because he was not killed.

I worry about the national over reaction, more locks on schools more foolish teachers and administrators wanting to have personal guns. The NRA and the good guy bad guy false comparisons.

This man was armed in a way that no guard, no teacher with a gun could have stopped him. Control of weapons like the AK-47 would be an important step in ending these assaults on our children.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 8:41 am

I guess the NRA showed up to collect names for their membership drives and push more guns.

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 8:56 am
No one hurt this time....but then, there's always next time.... and the time after that. One of the fathers of a victim in an earlier shooting said you have no idea how it feels to hear the police ask, "do you have a picture of your son? And dental records?" Too many people seem to think this stuff happens to other people.... and then the police show up at your door....

Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 9:28 am

JL A (281)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 12:28 pm
we should have new laws in place that interfere with this happening yet again

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 1:56 pm we go again. Age 20. Was he on any medications, these pills are causing people to act out in ways that they normally were not. Too easy to throw a pill at them rather than getting to the root of the problem. Was he raised in a violent home, that guns are the way to solve issues? Over saturation of violent videos? What is in our food today? So many toxins, in our foods, water, environment. GMO's?

As a society we must not just be acting or over reacting to the actual events and think the only solutions is to have more guns or no guns. I think that there needs to be a lot of changes in what I've brought up; our bodies and minds were not made to have all these toxins poured into us.

B Lewenza (76)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 7:04 pm
OMG!! Not again, school has just started and the nuts are already at it.This so traumatizing for the kids they will never forget this.It's a sad sad world when you can't even safely send your child to school. This guy should have still been in jail from the first incident, almost sounds like that is what he wanted was to be in jail. Thank God no one was physically hurt the rest remains to be seen.

Ravenna C (20)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 7:05 pm
What is going on with all of these young people and their escalating violence? I just read a story about 3 young men shooting and killing an Australian Student here in the US to play college baseball. The reason they gave for shooting him??

"We wanted to know what it felt like"

That statement struck me because they were the same exact words that a 12 year old boy used to describe why he strangled his 9 year old brother to death a couple of years ago...

"I wanted to know what it felt like"

Something is very very wrong in the world.


Kathy Chadwell (354)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 12:18 am
I understand Australia is boycotting the USA .
I would be a hypocrite if I didn't agree with them. They have every right to boycott us.
We ourselves are sick of this senseless violence. It is not the terrorists you have to worry. Remember also the woman from Spain on her honeymoon in Cali that was run down. Now this :(

Sheila D (194)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 2:15 pm
Several things run through my mind while reading this. First and foremost is - Oh no, not again.

Then some perverse part of my mind latches onto the idea this young man was trying to show that it's the gun user, not the gun, that kills. NRA propaganda.

On the heels of that comes and even more bizarre thought - What if it's some anti-gun people showing that these weapons should be banned as they're only used to kill people, or children. Agrre, bizarre.

Mutiple choice here. Tells you alot about how my mind is working today.

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 3:52 pm
"In March, he was arrested....on suspicion of "terrorist threats and acts..." So, how could they release him back into the general public?! I do not want teachers armed. I don't want any guns in any schools for any reason.

Noelle S (12)
Monday September 2, 2013, 11:45 am
Thank goodness no one was hurt.
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