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Shots fired at Georgia School: Suspect in custody after reports of gunfire at Atlanta-area elementary school

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The scene at a DeKalb County, Georgia elementary school where there were reports of shots fired Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.
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Updated 5:13 p.m. (CBS/AP) DECATUR, Ga. - The superintendent of DeKalb County schools says police have a suspect in custody after reports of gunfire at an Atlanta-area elementary school. No one was injured in the Tuesday afternoon incident.

Michael Thurmond tells The Associated Press that school officials were doing a head count to ensure all students at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy are safe Tuesday.

Just before 2 p.m., Thurmond told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,"Shooter apprehended; all kids safe and accounted for."

Thurmond told the paper a 25-year-old male had been arrested. 

The incident reportedly began around 1 p.m. CBS Atlanta reports the man entered the school with a gun and held a few staff members captive in the front office. The suspect fired about a half a dozen shots at officers when they arrived from inside the school, reports the station.

The man was dressed in black and carrying an AK-47, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Officers fired back at the suspect, and the suspect then surrendered, CBS Atlanta reports.

According to WSB-TV's website, a woman in the school office called to say a gunman asked her to contact the Atlanta station and police. WSB said during the call, shots could be heard in the background.

Television footage shows students had been evacuated from the school and were sitting outside in a field. Buses were being brought in to take children away from the school as police gathered there.

The children were taken to a nearby Wal Mart and re-united with their parents, CBS Atlanta reports.

DeKalb County School Board Chairman Melvin Johnson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution there were reports of shots being fired inside the building. Thurmond told the paper the weapon used was apparently a rifle. He wasn't sure whether more than one shot was fired or why the man was on the school's campus.

Officials suspected there could be bomb materials in the suspect's car, reports CBS Atlanta. A bomb squad reported to the school, and a loud boom could be heard after the students were moved to the Wal Mart, reports the station. It's not clear what caused the boom.

The school enrolls about 870 students in pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade.

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