Official: Ga. school suspect had assault rifle

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Nicole Webb cries as she talks on a phone in the parking lot of a store while waiting for her 9-year-old son, a student at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga., on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. Superintendent Michael Thurmond says all students at the school east of Atlanta are accounted for and safe and that he is not aware of any injuries. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A sheriff's official says a gunman carrying an assault rifle fired shots into the air outside an Atlanta-area elementary school and was taken into custody a short time later.

Authorities say no one was injured Tuesday afternoon at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, a few miles east of Atlanta. Children are being reunited with their parents at a nearby store.

DeKalb County Sheriff administrative aide Lt. Kyle Jones says the suspect was dressed in all black and there didn't appear to be any damage to school property.

Jones says the suspect surrendered without trouble when U.S. Marshals and officials from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office found him in the school's front office.

The suspect's identity has not yet been released. Jones says he was being held for questioning at police headquarters.

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