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Man Charged Over Georgia School Shooting
A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged after he opened fire on police from inside a school near Atlanta.
Nobody was injured in the shooting, which occurred at the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, east of Atlanta.
More than 800 students were rushed from the grounds as police arrived and later exchanged fire with the gunman.
Police are yet to establish a motive for the shooting.
The suspect, who has no known association with the school, entered the grounds and held one or two employees captive at the front office.
A woman in the office called WSB-TV to say the gunman had asked her to contact the Atlanta station and police.
WSB-TV said during the call shots were heard in the background.
Lacey Lecroy, who works at the station, said she spoke with the woman who said she was alone with the man and his gun was visible.
"It didn't take long to know that this woman was serious," Ms Lecroy said.
"Shots were one of the last things I heard. I was so worried for her."
DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric L. Chief Alexander said the gunman had gained access to the normally locked school by following someone authorised to be there.
Television footage showed students and teachers being taken to a nearby field as police and Swat units arrived at the scene.
Hill surrendered to police after a brief exchange of gunfire. Several weapons, including an assault rifle, were recovered from the scene.
He has been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Chief Alexander said officers believed the suspect had explosives in the trunk of his car, so they cut a hole in a fence to make sure students could get even further away.
School buses were later brought in to take children to their parents at a nearby Wal-Mart.
DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond praised faculty and authorities who got the young students to safety, saying it is a "blessed day, all our children are safe".
Sheriff's office spokesman Lt Kyle Jones said the suspect was dressed in all black and there did not appear to be any damage to school property.