A Georgia school shooting has fortunately claimed no lives this Tuesday and left the elementary school shooting suspect in police custody. The Atlanta-located school reported no injuries to students, teachers, or staff at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, and the motive of the attempted shooter is still being investigated, the CS Monitor reported this Tuesday, Aug. 20.
The Georgia school shooting frightened both young elementary students and their teachers, as live footage from the incident revealed students escaping from the academy with escorts as possible.
A majority of the students that fled the Ronald McNair Discovery Learning Academy near Atlanta were taken to an open field a few minutes after 1:30 p.m., towards the end of the school day. Local school buses were then used to transport children to their anxious parents at a check-in point by a Wal-mart only blocks away.
"We're just grateful that no lives were claimed," said one anxious parent. "These are just innocent kids."
Reports on the Georgia school shooting indicate that it was a woman in the school’s main office who called the police with a frantic warning that a gunman had instructed her to call the Atlanta police station. Moments later, gunshots were heard in the background of the call.
Little information on the shooting suspect who is now in police custody has been revealed at this time. What is known is that the alleged shooter was carrying a gun, was male and in his 20s, and did not have any immediate connection to the elementary school or its students.
Talk of gunshots being heard inside the Academy building that teaches students from pre-K to 5th grade had teachers say that student safety came first.
"We're in the process of reuniting the children with their parents," said Mekka Parish, spokeswoman for the DeKalb County Police Department. "We were just trying to calm the nerves of parents."
More details on the Georgia school shooting are expected this evening, so please stay tuned.