'Shooter planned bloodbath'
Police remove police tape after a shooting incident from the front of McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Georgia, August 20, 2013. Police arrested a 20-year-old man on Tuesday for opening fire with an AK-47 inside an elementary school in the Atlanta suburbs, forcing the evacuation of 800 students who were all reunited with their parents without injury, officials said. ATLANTA - A woman credited with convincing the gunman holed up in an Atlanta-area school to lay down his AK-47 assault rifle and surrender to police says the man was suicidal and preparing to die in the attack before she talked him out of it.
McNair Discovery Learning Academy when Michael Brandon Hill, 20, walked in brandishing his rifle. He had already shot at police outside the building, and fired off one round inside the office, before she talked him into surrendering, Tuff said.
The 20-year-old, apparently suffering from a mental disorder, told Tuff he “felt hopeless” and also said he was off his medication, she said. Apart from trying to bond with Hill she said her priority was ensuring he stayed inside the office with her, so no harm would come to others including the school's 800 students.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Sunday Tribune