DEKALB COUNTY, GEORGIA: Police detained a gunman who they say walked into a DeKalb County elementary school armed with multiple guns. The 19-year old suspect may have slipped in behind an employee at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy before confronting office staff officials said.
The white male was armed with an AK-47 and reportedly went to the school office and told a staffer to call the local television news station. According to ABC News, a woman who works in the school office said that the lone male gunman wanted TV crews at the scene so that he could be filmed shooting police.
DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander said the suspect fired on officers as they arrived and officers returned fire. “When we received the call and we engaged, he started to fire from inside the school at our officers. He had one or two of the staff members inside the main office. He was holding them captive,” Alexander said.
The McNair elementary office worker said that the gunman wanted Channel 2 Action News to “start filming as police die.”
The man was found to be in possession of multiple weapons and later told police, “I was off my meds.” No injuries were reported.
On the heels of Sandy Hook, what are we to think about how safe children are in what has become the killing fields of public schools? Even with the layers of security imposed at the welcomed inconvenience of parents, children are still vulnerable. It’s the perfect storm – handguns and assault rifles are easy to come by, media keep the cameras rolling and madness runs amuck. Today, the crisis ended well, no child was lost, no child was harmed. But what about tomorrow? How will it end tomorrow?
(Sources: wsbtv.com dailymail.uk.co) (Photo Credit: Ben Gray, AJC)
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