Federal agents join school bus threat probe in Ga.

Associated Press
A police helicopter hovers over a school bus as it drops off children outside a subdivision Wednesday, May 16, 2012, in Hampton, Ga. Police in an Atlanta suburb are escorting school buses and guarding students at bus stops after a man aimed a rifle at a bus with children on board and dropped a notebook that listed bus numbers. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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ATLANTA (AP) — Police in an Atlanta suburb have enlisted the help of federal agents to examine a rifle dropped by a man who was seen aiming at a school bus and left behind a notebook with bus numbers.

Clayton County police Officer Phong Nguyen says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will try to obtain leads from the weapon, a Marlin .22-caliber rifle.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/KgtbDk) reports that more than 50 officers spent Wednesday afternoon going door-to-door in the neighborhood where witnesses saw the man aiming at the bus Monday morning.

The man fled when witnesses confronted him. Authorities say a neighbor chased him, but stopped when the man used a second gun and shot at him.

Police recovered the rifle and a notebook filled with bus numbers.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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