Police: Suspect in custody after shots fired at DeKalb school

Police: Suspect in custody after shots fired at DeKalb Co. school

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Michael Brandon Hill, 20, seen here in previous mug shot, was arrested after the shooting at a DeKalb Co. school on August 20, 2013. Michael Brandon Hill, 20, seen here in previous mug shot, was arrested after the shooting at a DeKalb Co. school on August 20, 2013.
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -

A 20-year-old man was taken into custody after gunshots were fired at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy Elementary School in DeKalb County on Tuesday afternoon.

According to police, a man dressed in all black and armed with an AK-47 walked into the front office of the school just after 1 p.m.  Police believe that he may have followed someone else into the school.

The suspect told officials that he wasn't there to harm faculty or students. He said he wanted to talk to police and barricaded himself in the office with some school employees.

At some point, around six shots were fired, and police said they returned fire.

A source tells the FOX 5 I-Team that members of the Southeast Fugitive Task Force were staging near the school with plans to serve a warrant nearby. When the call went out that someone had fired shots inside the school, the task force realized how close they were and raced over. They entered down a hallway along the side of the school and encountered the gunman near the office.

The source told FOX 5 I-Team reporter Randy Travis that the suspect then surrendered.  DeKalb authorities ultimately took him into custody.

The suspect has been identified as 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill, according to DeKalb County police spokesperson Mekka Parish. He is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HILL)

There were no reports of injuries.

A deputy who arrived at the school shortly afterwards said that he saw the suspect on his belly on the floor with an AK-47 on the counter.

"He stated he was sorry, that he was off his meds," said Deputy T. Wortham of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office.

According to investigators, the suspect said very little as he was being led away from the school.

It is not known what, if anything, authorities found in the vehicle.

After Hill was taken into custody, DeKalb County police and SWAT searched the school, which is located at 2162 2nd Avenue.

Authorities said that a K-9 search indicated that there may have been an explosive device in the vehicle of the suspect. At that point, students, who had been evacuated to the rear of the school, had to be moved. Authorities cut a hole in a fence and took the kids through the back of the house to an adjoining street, where they waited for buses to transport them.

Just after 3 p.m. students were seen loading on buses to be taken to their parents. Administrators, teachers and a GBI agent were on every bus, according to officials.

Parents were told to pick up their children from a Walmart located at 2427 Gresham Road, just north of Interstate 20. Just after 4 p.m., anxious parents had tearful reunions with their children.

Students at the school will be taken to McNair High School for classes on Wednesday, officials said.

FOX 5's Chris Shaw reported that police and K-9 units were at a home on East Lilac Lane, which is located a short distance from the school.

According to the school's website, about 870 students are enrolled. The school opened its doors in 2008, and teaches students from pre-K through 5th grade.

It's unknown if the suspect had any connections to the school.

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