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Shots Fired At Georgia Elementary School, Gunman In Custody

UPDATED: Suspected gunman identified as 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill; a school clerk says she convinced the man to put down his weapons and surrender. There were no injuries in the shooting and the school was evacuated.

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Krystal Dorris carries her four year old daughter Heaven after she was bused to a local Walmart following a shooting incident at McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Georgia, August 20, 2013.

An active gunman was reported at McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga., around 1 p.m. local time on Tuesday. There were no injuries and one person is in custody, according to local reports.

The DeKalb County Police Department confirmed that the gunman fired multiple shots and police did not return fire.

According to WSB-TV, the suspected gunman asked the school to call the news station. An editor said she could hear gunshots while on the phone with a school official.


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PHOTO: SWAT on scene at McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur

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#wsbtv assignment desk editor says she could hear gunshots while on the phone with someone in McNair Elementary School office.

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WSB-TV employee says someone in school office called and told her the suspect asked someone to call #wsbtv

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Students at the pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade school were evacuated and kept safe throughout the ordeal. Parents were asked to pick their children up at a nearby Walmart.

Update - Aug. 20, 2:40 p.m., EDT: More details have been released about the suspected gunman.

Sources just confirmed white male in his 20s with AK47 is in custody #McNairshooting

— wsbtv (@WSB-TV)

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Sources just confirmed white male in his 20s with AK47 is in custody #McNairshooting

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From @jodiewsbtv: suspect was a white male, all in black, surrendered peacefully,

— wsbtv (@WSB-TV)

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From @jodiewsbtv: suspect was a white male, all in black, surrendered peacefully,

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10. The Atlanta Journal Constitution has photos of students reuniting with their parents.

Parents continue to be reunited with their children as they arrive from McNair. #McNairshooting

— ajc (@AJC)

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Parents continue to be reunited with their children as they arrive from McNair. #McNairshooting

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Parents were relieved that their kids began arriving at #walmart after the incident at their school.

— ajc (@AJC)

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Parents were relieved that their kids began arriving at #walmart after the incident at their school.

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12. Update: 7:45 p.m. EDT — Gunman reportedly identified as Michael Brandon Hill.

First on @ABC: Suspect in DeKalb County (GA) school shooting is 20-yr-old Michael Brandon Hill; he was allegedly carrying AK-47 knock-off.

— MLevineReports (@Mike Levine)

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First on @ABC: Suspect in DeKalb County (GA) school shooting is 20-yr-old Michael Brandon Hill; he was allegedly carrying AK-47 knock-off.

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The alleged shooter at DeKalb County, GA, school today was arrested 5 months ago for "terroristic threats & acts;" got probation & anger mgt

— MLevineReports (@Mike Levine)

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The alleged shooter at DeKalb County, GA, school today was arrested 5 months ago for “terroristic threats & acts;” got probation & anger mgt

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FIRST PIC of allgd #Atlanta school shooter Michael Brandon Hill-20. Court last month he got 3 yrs probatn, anger mgt.

— ChuckGoudieABC7 (@Chuck Goudie)

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FIRST PIC of allgd #Atlanta school shooter Michael Brandon Hill-20. Court last month he got 3 yrs probatn, anger mgt.

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15. A school clerk told ABC News she convinced the gunman to get down on the floor so police could apprehend him.

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16. Update: Aug. 21, 2:10 p.m. EDT — According to police, Hill brought 500 rounds of ammo to the school.

BREAKING:Police say Georgia school shooting suspect had nearly 500 rounds of ammunition. -MM

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BREAKING:Police say Georgia school shooting suspect had nearly 500 rounds of ammunition. -MM

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