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Shots fired at Atlanta-area elementary school; 20-year-old suspect in custody, children unhurt

Wednesday - 8/21/2013, 12:30am  ET

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) -- Police in DeKalb County, Georgia, say a man with an assault rifle and other weapons may have slipped inside an Atlanta-area elementary school behind someone authorized to be there.

The suspect had no clear ties to the school, and never got past the front office, where he held one or two employees captive Tueday before exchanging fire with police and eventually surrendering.

No one was injured in the incident, but more than 800 students at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur were evacuated.

The school clerk says the gunman told her he was sorry for what he was doing but appeared willing to die. In an interview with ABC News, Antoinette Tuff says she told the 20-year-old about the ups and down of her life as she tried to convince him to put down his weapons and surrender.

Police identify the suspect as Michael Brandon Hill. He's facing several charges, including aggravated assault on a police officer and terroristic threats. Police are not offering a motive.

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241-s-13-(Johnny Clark, AP correspondent)-"off the bus"-AP correspondent Johnny Clark reports parents waited a long time but everyone was happy to see their children safe and sound. (20 Aug 2013)

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242-c-11-(Johnny Clark, AP correspondent)-"she heard sirens"-AP correspondent Johnny Clark reports a school worker told him she heard some shots fired inside the school before police arrived. (20 Aug 2013)

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240-c-18-(Johnny Clark, AP correspondent)-"way it was"-AP correspondent Johnny Clark reports anxious parents gathered at a store parking lot to collect their children. (20 Aug 2013)

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252-a-05-(Debra Hayes, school volunteer, in AP interview)-"heard three gunshots"-Lunchroom volunteer Debra Hayes says she heard gunfire shortly after she left the school building. (20 Aug 2013)

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255-a-08-(Daijah (DAY'-juh) Hayes, fifth grader, in AP interview)-"a little corner"-Student Daijah Hayes says police officers quickly got them out of the school. (20 Aug 2013)

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254-a-11-(Daijah (DAY'-juh) Hayes, fifth grader, in AP interview)-"just other people"-Student Daijah Hayes says a number of students were frightened by the shooting. (20 Aug 2013)

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253-a-12-(Debra Hayes, school volunteer, in AP interview)-"or no parent"-Lunchroom volunteer Debra Hayes says she talked with the suspected shooter before she left the building. (20 Aug 2013)

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APPHOTO GADG115: Loved ones wait to to be reunited with students from Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in a Walmart parking lot after the children and faculty were evacuated when a gunman entered the school, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, in Decatur, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (20 Aug 2013)

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APPHOTO GADG118: Linda Bell, left, has her picture taken as a matter of record with her son, first grader Cameron Bell, by a police officer as students from Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy are reunited with their loved ones in a Walmart parking lot after the school was evacuated when a gunman entered, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, in Decatur, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (20 Aug 2013)

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APPHOTO GADG117: Jamairis McWay, 6, left, is reunited with his grandmother Carolyn Logan, right, as students from Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy are picked up by loved ones in a Walmart parking lot after they were evacuated when a gunman entered the school, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, in Decatur, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (20 Aug 2013)

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APPHOTO GADG111: Sparkle Potts, left, cries upon seeing her nephew Cameron Bell pull up in a school bus from Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy while waiting with his grandmother Arvis Potts, right, in a Wal-Mart Inc., parking lot after students were evacuated when a gunman entered the school, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, in Decatur, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (20 Aug 2013)

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APPHOTO GADG110: Skyler Worthey, 5, center, gives a thumbs-up to grandfather John Morris, right, after being reunited with his mother Shanique Worthey, from left, brother Shaun Worthey, 4, and grandmother Daphne Morris as students from Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy are picked up by loved ones in a Walmart parking lot after they were evacuated when a gunman entered the school and fired shots from inside, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, in Decatur, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (20 Aug 2013)

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APPHOTO GAJB108: Parents cheer as busses arrive with students after an incident at Ronald McNair Discovery Learning Academy, 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/John Bazemore) (20 Aug 2013)

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