Gunman in Custody After Shots Fired at Atlanta-Area Elementary School

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Aug. 20 2013 4:53 PM

Slatest PM: Gunman in Custody After Shots Fired at Atlanta-Area Elementary School

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The students are reportedly being transported to a designated location to be reunited with their parents.

Screenshot from the local NBC affiliate's live feed

Developing: Associated Press: "A suspect was in custody after gunfire erupted at an Atlanta-area elementary school where dramatic television footage showed young students racing out of the building, being escorted by teachers and police. No one was injured and all students and teachers were accounted for and safe, authorities said. Students were evacuated from Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, a few miles east of Atlanta, and sat outside in a field for a time until school buses came to take them to their waiting parents and other relatives at a nearby Wal-Mart. When the first bus arrived a couple hours later, cheers erupted in the store parking lot. According to WSB-TV's website, a woman in the school office called to say a gunman asked her to contact the Atlanta station and police. WSB said during the call, shots were heard in the background. ...The suspect is a man in his mid-20s and didn't have an obvious connection to the school, DeKalb County schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond told The Associated Press. He and police said all students and teachers came out safely. WSB-TV assignment editor Lacey Lecroy said she spoke with the woman in the school's front office who told the station she was alone with the suspect and the man's gun was visible."

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An Exchange of Fire: 11ALive News: "DeKalb County Police said they responded to a call of shots fired at the Ronald McNair Discovery Learning Academy on 2nd Avenue. DeKalb County Acting School Superintendent Michael Thurmond told 11Alive News that the suspect had fired at least one shot, and that gunfire was returned by officers. Spokesperson Kyle Jones from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office describes the suspect as a white male in his late 20s or early 30s, wearing black clothes, and armed with an AK-47 assault rifle. County officials said there was no indication of any motive."

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