Sick and tired of it: Another School Shooting…Open ThreadPosted: August 20, 2013
Fortunately no one was hurt…but don’t tell me there were no injuries…the kids, parents, teachers and especially school bookkeeper, Antoinette Tuff, who was alone with the suspect at gunpoint, will have the emotional scars with them for the rest of their lives.
Here are two photos from today…they are of the same two men from the swat team. Notice the second man is wearing medic across his chest.
It looks like some sort of video game…
Hear is the latest from Atlanta Journal Constitution: Alleged gunman in custody; McNair students reunited with parents
A tense afternoon ended with tears and cheers as anxious parents were reunited with their children Tuesday afternoon, hours after a man entered a DeKalb County elementary school and fired gunshots. Police believe that same alleged gunman also had possible explosives in a waiting car.
No one was injured and the alleged gunman was quickly taken into custody at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, near Decatur, according to police. The suspect, armed with an AK-47, barricaded himself in the front office before he fired shots at officers, who then returned fire, DeKalb County police Chief Cedric Alexander said Tuesday afternoon.
The school bookkeeper, Antoinette Tuff, found herself alone with the alleged gunman, who instructed her to call Channel 2 Action News. Tuff did as a prayer rolled through her mind.
“God help us all,” Tuff said to herself.
Tuff told ABC News on Tuesday evening that she was with the suspect throughout the ordeal and asked him to put the weapon down. The suspect did and surrendered without further incident. But by then, multiple shots had been fired, according to police.
The suspect, believed to be about 19 years old, apparently slipped into the school behind someone who had access to the building, police said. His name was not released, but he was taken into custody at the school. Both GBI and FBI agents were dispatched to the area to assist numerous other law enforcement agencies, Alexander said.
When a police dog alerted to possible explosives in the suspects car, the school was evacuated.
Several shots were fired in the front office area before the suspect was taken into custody. Police then went classroom to classroom, knocking on doors and alerting teachers and students there was an intruder.
Fourth-grade student Lori Warner, 9, said a woman on the loudspeaker directed students outside and said that the gunman “didn’t want to harm us.”
“But I’m still mad,” Lori said.
After investigators discovered the possible explosives inside a vehicle in front of the school, the entire student body was evacuated out the back of the school, Alexander said. Then, investigators were forced to cut a hole in fencing to move the students off campus, Alexander said.
From there, school and MARTA buses were dispatched to pick up all students, and parents were notified to go to the parking lot of a nearby Walmart. But it wasn’t a quick process, frustrating some parents.
“I don’t know what’s going on. I’m mad scared, upset, disappointed,” said Tiyuana Lewis, whose 8-year-old son Tarik, was still at the school. “I don’t know how a gunman could just walk into the school with all that security. It makes no sense.”
Several parents noted the school recently installed a buzzer system.
As buses arrived at the Walmart, students were reunited with family members. Law enforcement leaders joined parents in expressing their relief that no one was injured.
Well, there it is.
This is an open thread.