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Man Armed with AK-47 Opens Fire Inside Georgia School

ATLANTA — A 20-year-old man dressed in black and armed with an AK-47 assault rifle fired at least six shots at police from inside an elementary school in suburban Atlanta on Tuesday, DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander said.

atlanta-school-shootNo one was injured in the shooting that sent children running from their classrooms about 1 p.m., when the gunman apparently made his way into the school by following someone authorized to enter, police said.

The gunman, identified as Michael Brandon Hill, barricaded himself inside an administrative office at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga. He forced an employee to call an Atlanta TV station to demand that it send a crew to “watch police die,” according to WSB-TV.

The gunman, who had several other firearms and ammunition, held at least two school employees hostage, Alexander said. When he was taken into custody, the gunman said: “I’m sorry – I’m off my meds,” a police officer involved in the arrest told WSB-TV in a televised interview.

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