No injuries in McNair Elementary School shooting
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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. —
Channel 2 Action News has 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. Channel 2 Action News has confirmed with multiple sources that the suspect is a white man in his 20s who was armed with an AK-47 and dressed in black. Channel 2's Mark Winne said the suspect was peacefully apprehended by DeKalb County sheriff's deputies and U.S. Marshalls.
Chairman Melvin Johnson said there have been reports of shots fired. There are no injuries.
News Chopper 2 footage showed children running from the school building.
The charter school is located on 2nd Avenue in Decatur.
Parents are being asked to go to the Walmart near Gresham Road and Interstate 20 to get their children. Hundreds of parents flooded the parking lot to be reunited with their children, who are being bused from the school. Parents must have photo ID.
A woman in the school office called Channel 2 Action News to report that there was a shooter in the school. She told a Channel 2 assignment desk editor that the gunman asked her to call WSB-TV and police. Shots could be heard over the call.
Channel 2 Action News has 16 crews covering all angles of the shooting. Reporter Dave Huddleston spoke to parents gathered at Walmart about how they heard about the shooting.
Parents at Walmart spoke to Channel 2's Lori Geary about their fears for their childrens' safety.