DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — The superintendent of DeKalb County schools said Tuesday that police had a suspect in custody after reports of gunfire at an Atlanta-area elementary school.
Michael Thurmond said that school officials conducted a head count to ensure that all students at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy were safe Tuesday. Later, a school spokesman said all students were accounted for at the school.
Television footage showed that students had been evacuated from the school and were sitting outside in a field. Buses were brought in to take children away from the school.
Thurmond said he was not aware of any injuries.
Police were gathered at the school.
DeKalb County School Board Chairman Melvin Johnson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that there were reports of shots being fired inside the building that houses students from pre-school to fifth grade.
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 were heard in the background.
Numerous police were at the school and SWAT was there for a time. Officials said the suspect was a man in his mid-20s and didn't have an obvious connection to the school.
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