Thursday August 22 2013

– A man armed with an assault rifle entered a primary school in the US state of Georgia, held employees hostage and exchanged fire with police, before giving himself up.
Dramatic overhead television footage captured pupils racing out of the building.
Just a week into the new school year, more than 800 students in pre-kindergarten to fifth grade were evacuated by teachers and police on Tuesday from the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, a few kilometres east of Atlanta.
DeKalb County police chief Cedric Alexander said the suspect, identified later as 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill, fired at least half a dozen shots from inside the administration area and officers returned fire when he was alone and they had a clear shot.
Mr Alexander said Mr Hill surrendered shortly after and he had other weapons, but police had no motive for the incident.
Although the school has a system where people must be buzzed in by staff, the gunman may have slipped inside behind someone authorised to be there, Mr Alexander said.
Mr Hill never got past the front office, where he held one or two employees captive, the chief said. He has been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
School clerk Antoinette Tuff, in an interview on ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer, said she worked to convince the gunman to put down his weapons.
“He told me he was sorry for what he was doing. He was willing to die,” she said.
She told him her life story, about how her marriage fell apart 33 years and the “roller-coaster” of opening her own business.
“I told him, ‘OK, we all have situations in our lives’,” she said. “If I could recover, he could, too.”
Then Ms Tuff said she asked the suspect to put his weapons down and empty his pockets and backpack on the floor.
“I told the police he was giving himself up. I just talked him through it.”
Officials cut a hole in a fence to make sure students running from the building could get even further away to a nearby street, DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond said.
SWAT teams went from classroom to classroom to make sure people were out.
They sat waiting in a field for about three hours until school buses came to take them to their parents and relatives at a nearby Wal-Mart department store – AP


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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