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."
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) -- All students and teachers are safe and a suspect is in custody after gunfire was heard at an Atlanta-area elementary school today.
The DeKalb County school superintendent says he's had no reports of injuries. He describes the suspect as a man in his mid-20s with no obvious connection to the school.
Television footage showed students running out of Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, a few miles east of Atlanta, escorted by teachers and police. School buses were being brought in to take children to their parents at a nearby Wal-Mart.
WSB-TV reports a woman in the school office called the station on orders from the gunman, and shots could be heard in the background during the call.
The school has about 870 children enrolled. It is named after astronaut Ronald McNair, who died in the space shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986.
DECATUR, Georgia (WXOW) - UPDATE: CNN is reporting that there have been no injuries to any students or staff at a school in Decatur, Georgia after a report of shots fired. An individual interviewed that had a relative in the school at the time said that were shots fired at the elementary school in the Atlanta area suburb.
We will continue to update this story as more becomes available.
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) -- 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 Tuesday.
Television footage shows students had been evacuated from the school and were sitting outside in a field. Buses are being brought in to take children away from the school.
Thurmond says he is not aware of any injuries.
Police are gathered at the school.
DeKalb County School Board Chairman Melvin Johnson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution there were reports of shots being fired inside the building that houses students from pre-school to fifth grade.
A call to DeKalb County police was not immediately returned.
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