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School Shooting In Atlanta

End of days…

Via AP reports:

A suspect was in custody after reports of gunfire at an Atlanta-area elementary school Tuesday, the school chief said, with television footage showing young students running out the school being escorted by teachers and police. Michael Thurmond told The Associated Press he had no reports of injuries and that all students and teachers are accounted for and safe.

Television footage showed students being evacuated from Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, a few miles east of Atlanta, and sitting outside in a field about 1:30 p.m. School buses were being brought in to take children to their parents at a nearby Wal-Mart.

According to WSB-TV’s website, a woman in the school office called to say a gunman asked her to contact the Atlanta station and police. WSB said during the call, shots could be heard in the background.

Numerous police are at the school and SWAT was there for a time. Thurmond said the suspect is a man in his mid-20s and didn’t have an obvious connection to the school.

“We’re in the process of reuniting the children with their parents,” said Mekka Parish, spokeswoman for the DeKalb County Police Department. “We’re just trying to calm the nerves of parents.”

“When I hear he’s safely out of the building, I’ll be OK,” White said, adding that she learned of the shooting when a friend called to say helicopters were hovering over the school.

Police had strung yellow tape up blocking intersections near the school while children waited to be taken to Wal-Mart.

The school has about 870 children enrolled. The academy is named after McNair, an astronaut who died when the space shuttle Challenger exploded on Jan. 28, 1986, according to the school’s website.

UPDATE

Via USA Today:

A suspect was taken into custody Tuesday moments after police responded to a call of shots being fired at an Atlanta-area school, DeKalb County officials said.

A SWAT team rushed to the scene at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, but schools spokesperson Quinn Hudson said no injuries were reported. The suspect issued undisclosed demands, Hudson said.

Jesus take the wheel and protect the babies! We will keep you updated on this developing story…

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