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Update: Gunfire at Atlanta area elementary school

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DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - All students and teachers are safe and a suspect is in custody after gunfire was heard at an Atlanta-area elementary school today.

The DeKalb County school superintendent says he's had no reports of injuries. He describes the suspect as a man in his mid-20s with no obvious connection to the school.

Television footage showed students running out of Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, a few miles east of Atlanta, escorted by teachers and police. School buses were being brought in to take children to their parents at a nearby Wal-Mart.

WSB-TV reports a woman in the school office called the station on orders from the gunman, and shots could be heard in the background during the call.

The school has about 870 children enrolled. It is named after astronaut Ronald McNair, who died in the space shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986.

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DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - The superintendent of DeKalb County schools says police have a suspect in custody after reports of gunfire at an Atlanta-area elementary school.

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

Television footage shows students had been evacuated from the school and were sitting outside in a field.

Thurmond says he is not aware of any injuries.

DeKalb County School Board Chairman Melvin Johnson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution there were reports of shots being fired inside the building. 

A call to DeKalb County police was not immediately returned. Stay with KNOE.COM for the latest on this developing story.

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