DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. —
Channel 2 Action News confirmed that one person is in custody after shots were fired at a DeKalb County elementary school.
The DeKalb County school board chairman said there was an active shooter at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy just after 1 p.m.
DeKalb County police chief Cedric Alexander said the suspect fired on officers as they arrived and officers returned fire.
The man, described as 19-years-old and wearing all black, was armed with an AK-47 and other guns, police said. Alexander said they also feared the suspect had explosives in his vehicle.
Sources told Channel 2’s Mark Winne the suspect was peacefully apprehended by DeKalb County sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Marshals inside the school.
Turn on Channel 2 Action News or click here to stream for live updates.
+++ Kudos to DeKalb County police for their professional handling of the situation, resulting in no injuries and a peaceful arrest.
Click here to watch the press conference with the chief and superintendent.
Click here to watch Mr. Thurmond’s interview later that evening.
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