Police say the 19-year-old suspect had an assault rifle and fired shots from inside the school. Officers then returned fire. The suspect apparently got into the school by following someone who was authorized to be inside.
DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric L. Alexander said the suspect also had explosives in the trunk of his car.
He is now being questioned.
DECATUR, Ga. (WREX) — Police have a suspect in custody after reports of gunfire at an Atlanta-area elementary school.
According to the superintendent of DeKalb County schools, there were no reports of injuries and police have a male suspect in his mid-twenties in custody. The man has no apparent connection to Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy.
Students were evacuated from the school and taken by bus to a nearby Wal-Mart where parents picked them up.
WSB-TV reported a woman in the school's office was ordered by the gunman to call the television station and shots could be heard in the background of the call.
Around 870 children are enrolled in the school.
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