School Clerk Hailed as Hero in School Shooting

12:19 PM, Aug 21, 2013   |    comments
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DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Police in DeKalb County, Georgia, say a man with an assault rifle and other weapons may have slipped inside an Atlanta-area elementary school behind someone authorized to be there.

The suspect had no clear ties to the school, and never got past the front office, where he held one or two employees captive Tueday before exchanging fire with police and eventually surrendering.

No one was injured in the incident, but more than 800 students at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur were evacuated.

The school clerk says the gunman told her he was sorry for what he was doing but appeared willing to die. In an interview with ABC News, Antoinette Tuff says she told the 20-year-old about the ups and down of her life as she tried to convince him to put down his weapons and surrender.

Police identify the suspect as Michael Brandon Hill. He's facing several charges, including aggravated assault on a police officer and terroristic threats. Police are not offering a motive.

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