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Suspect in Custody After Reports of Gunfire at Georgia School

Suspect in Custody After Reports of Gunfire at Georgia School

UPDATE: Tuesday, 5 p.m.

Police in Decatur, Georgia, have a man in custody after a shootout at an elementary school. DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander says all the children at McNair Discovery Learning Academy are safe after a quick response from police.

Alexander says the suspect held one or two school staff members hostage at the school's main office. He also reported that the suspect and police exchanged fire before the suspect surrendered to police.  No one was injured. 

The suspect's car is being investigated for possible explosives. Alexander said the suspect is believed to be around 19 years old and was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle. 
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UPDATE:

The superintendent of DeKalb County schools says police have a suspect in custody after reports of gunfire at an Atlanta-area elementary school. 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.
 
Television footage shows students had been evacuated from the school and were sitting outside in a field. Thurmond says he is not aware of any injuries. DeKalb County School Board Chairman Melvin Johnson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution  there were reports of shots being fired inside the building.

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Officers are searching for an active shooter at a suburban Atlanta elementary school. Students were seen running from the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, a charter school in Decatur, Georgia. President Obama visited the school earlier this year. The School chief says the police have at least one alleged gunman in custody. Officers are currently searching the grounds for any other suspects. Police cars are lining the streets and children have been evacuated from the building. It's unknown if there are any injuries.

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