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COPY-UPDATE: 19-year-old suspect being questioned after Georgia school shooting

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."

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DECATUR, GA. (AP) -- A sheriff's official says a gunman carrying an assault rifle fired shots into the air outside an Atlanta-area elementary school and was taken into custody a short time later.

Authorities say no one was injured Tuesday afternoon at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, a few miles east of Atlanta. Children are being reunited with their parents at a nearby store.

DeKalb County Sheriff administrative aide Lt. Kyle Jones says the suspect was dressed in all black and there didn't appear to be any damage to school property.

Jones says the suspect surrendered without trouble when U.S. Marshals and officials from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office found him in the school's front office.

The suspect's identity has not yet been released. Jones says he was being held for questioning at police headquarters.

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DECANTUR, Ga. (WKOW) --- A school employee tells Georgia media outlets, they heard shots fired in the school.

Police say all people are accounted for and no injuries to report.

Kids were evacuated and are being bussed to a nearby Walmart for parents to pick them up.

Police will not say who the suspect is, but that they do have him in custody.

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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.

Thurmond says he is not aware of any injuries.

DeKalb County School Board Chairman Melvin Johnson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/16t14iF) there were reports of shots being fired inside the building.

A call to DeKalb County police was not immediately returned.

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