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School Gunman Took Hostages, Fired Six Rounds

From ABC News:

School Gunman Took Hostages, Car May Have Bombs

By RUSSELL GOLDMAN | August 20, 2013

A 19-year-old man briefly took employees hostage at an Atlanta-area elementary school today and exchanged fire with police, resulting in hundreds of students being evacuated from the building. No students were harmed and the suspect was taken into custody, officials said.

Police continued to investigate the car the gunman drove to the school after bomb-sniffing dogs detected explosives.

The lone suspect entered the main office at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga., carrying an AK-47 assault rifle and other weapons, said Chief Cedric Alexander of the Dekalb Police.

An AK-47! Say no more.

Authorities believe the man may have entered the school by closely following a person authorized to enter the building.

In other words, the school has lousy security.

Once inside, he only went as far as the front office, where he held several staff members "captive," according to Chief Alexander.

The suspected gunman ordered one of the staffers to call a local television channel, ABC affiliate WSB-TV, to request that a camera crew record him "killing police," WSB reported.

Police, including U.S. marshals, entered the school and found the gunman in the office. He exchanged fire with the officers but ultimately surrendered, Alexander told reporters.

As usual, the gunman only surrendered when other people with guns showed up.

Police believe he fired a total of six rounds

Which he would have been able to do under even the strictest of the proposed new gun control laws, which would criminalize magazines that hold over six rounds.

SWAT teams were sent classroom to classroom to evacuate students, some as young as pre-kindergarten. Authorities have yet to establish a motive or determine whether the shooter had a link to the school…

School safety and gun control were again thrust into the national spotlight last year when Adam Lanza, 20, killed 20 students and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Speaking of the rampant gun violence in school, according to a December 14, 2012 article in the leftwing magazine, The Nation, here are some of the latest figures of shootings by locations:

Total Number of K-12 schools in the US: 132,650

Number of shootings in K-12 schools in 2012: 2

Number of shootings in health spas in 2012: 2

Number of shootings in coffee shops in 2012: 2

When are we going to put an end to the gun violence in health spas and coffee shops? Meanwhile, no one can even keep track of the number of shootings on inner city streets.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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