EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWoman Hailed As "Real Hero" For Handling Georgia School Gunman
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Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Also Contributing: Greg Botelho, Vivian Kuo, and Josh Levs, CNN
Reported: Aug. 22, 2013 2:55 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 22, 2013 3:08 PM EDT
A man slips behind someone else into a packed elementary school with an AK-47-type weapon. He goes into the office and shoots at the ground, then darts between there and outside to fire at approaching police. So what do you do?
If you are Antoinette Tuff, who works in the front office at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy just outside Atlanta, you don't run. You talk. You divulge your personal struggles to the gunman. You tell him you love him. You even proactively offer to walk outside with him to surrender so police won't shoot.
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Police said the suspect in that Decatur area school shooting had nearly 500 rounds of ammunition with him on Tuesday when he showed up at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy.
DeKalb County Police Detective Ray Davis said police believe that suspect Michael Brandon Hill got the AK 47-style rifle from an acquaintance.
No one was injured in the ordeal Tuesday, but police said the suspect exchanged gunfire with officers.
AP contributed to this report.
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