McNair Academy in Georgia Invaded by Gunman
- By Ginger Hill
- Aug 20, 2013
Update from NewsTimes.com: Police Chief Alexander said that the suspect is a 19-year-old male who is being questioned. Officers believed that the suspect had explosives in the trunk of his car, so they cut a hole in a fence to make sure students running from the building could get even farther away.
Update: All 820 elementary students are safe and have been accounted for. WSB TV reported the suspect is "a white male in his 20s who was armed with an AK-47."
WSBTV tweeted: "JUST IN: From @jodiewsbtv: suspect was a white male, all in black, surrendered peacefully. #McNairShooting."
Less than an hour ago, a school shooting was reported at Ronald McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Georgia, the elementary school named after Ron McNair, the astronaut killed in the Challenger disaster in January 1986.
DeKalb County police responded to a call reporting shots had been fired at the elementary school. Upon arrival, officers discovered that a male invaded the school and fired about 30 rounds from an AK 47.
Officers have confirmed that there were no injuries and the suspect is now in custody.
McNair Academy students have been evacuated to Walmart on Gresham Rd to be reunited with their parents.
NOTE: This is a breaking story and will be updated as details are released.
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