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School chief: Suspect in custody after reports of gunfire at Atlanta-area school; kids safe

Tuesday - 8/20/2013, 4:21pm  ET

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) -- All students and teachers are safe and a suspect is in custody after gunfire was heard at an Atlanta-area elementary school today.

The DeKalb County school superintendent says he's had no reports of injuries. He describes the suspect as a man in his mid-20s with no obvious connection to the school.

Television footage showed students running out of Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, a few miles east of Atlanta, escorted by teachers and police. School buses were being brought in to take children to their parents at a nearby Wal-Mart.

WSB-TV reports a woman in the school office called the station on orders from the gunman, and shots could be heard in the background during the call.

The school has about 870 children enrolled. It is named after astronaut Ronald McNair, who died in the space shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986.

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APPHOTO GAJB101: Nicole Webb cries as she talks on a phone in the parking lot of a store while waiting for her 9-year-old son, a student at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga., on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. Superintendent Michael Thurmond says all students at the school east of Atlanta are accounted for and safe and that he is not aware of any injuries. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (20 Aug 2013)

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APPHOTO GAJB102: People wait for word in a Wal-Mart Inc. parking lot after a reported shooting at the Ronald McNair Discovery Learning Academy, in Decatur, Ga., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. Superintendent Michael Thurmond says all students at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur east of Atlanta are accounted for and safe Tuesday and that he is not aware of any injuries. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (20 Aug 2013)

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APPHOTO GADG102: A police officer stands at the scene at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy after reports of a gunman entered the school, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, in Decatur, Ga. Superintendent Michael Thurmond says all students at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur east of Atlanta are accounted for and safe Tuesday and that he is not aware of any injuries. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (20 Aug 2013)

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APPHOTO GADG101: Dekalb County Police SWAT officers run toward Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy after reports of a gunman entered the school, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, in Decatur, Ga. Superintendent Michael Thurmond says all students at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur east of Atlanta are accounted for and safe Tuesday and that he is not aware of any injuries. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (20 Aug 2013)

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APPHOTO GADG105: Dekalb County Police SWAT officers run toward Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy after reports of a gunman entered the school, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, in Decatur, Ga. A suspect was in custody after reports of gunfire at an Atlanta-area elementary school Tuesday, the school chief said, with television footage showing young students running out the school being escorted by teachers and police. Michael Thurmond told The Associated Press he had no reports of injuries and that all students and teachers are accounted for and safe. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (20 Aug 2013)

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