Students of Decatur’s Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Center returned to their school on Thursday for the first time since a gunman caused terror on Tuesday.
As security was visible and school counsels on hand, more information is being revealed about the troubled young man who police say came to school campus, “to do harm to somebody.”
20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill was scheduled to report to the DeKalb County Probation Office and anger management counseling just one day after the shooting. Hill waived his first appearance in DeKalb Magistrate Court Wednesday afternoon.
Also on Wednesday, DeKalb Police released a disturbing self-photo of Hill holding an AK-47 with the barrel pointed up, and was apparently taking the photo with a cellphone while standing in front of a mirror .
Police also released the 911 call between bookkeeper, Antoinette Tuff and a dispatcher. Gunshots, fired by Hill, could be heard on the tape as well as Tuff’s cool headed compassion toward Hill.
Despite her own fear and wanting to run for cover, Antoinette Tuff remained on the phone with police dispatch, and encouraged Michael Hill to surrender.
On the tape you can hear Tuff telling Hill he was doing a good thing. She also told him she loved him and everything was going to be O.K.
On Thursday evening, Antoinett Tuff received a special phone call of "thanks" from President Obama. The President thank her "for the courage she displayed while talking to the gunman."
During the Wednesday press conference, DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander said Tuff, “put herself in front of him to separate those children, rest of the faculty, from getting hurt”.
While Antoinette Tuff is being called a hero, she says she prayed during the ordeal and gives God the credit.
Hill was armed with a .762-caliber AK-47-style rifle, and carried a bag packed with nearly 500 rounds of ammunition.
Chief Cedric Alexander said Hill stepped outside of school’s office and "fired shots in the direction of officers."
"We have to make a reasonable assumption that he was there to do harm to somebody," the chief said.
Investigators are trying to locate the owner of the AK-47, who they believe is an acquaintance of Hill's. Authorities would not say if the gun was stolen.
As to a motive behind the Tuesday school shooting, police have not identified a specific reason for the terroristic attack.
However, it is very clear that Michael Brandon Hill has a troubled past that included a March 2013 charge in Henry County for terroristic threats against his brother, Timothy Hill.
Timothy Hill, told NBC News the charge stemmed from Michael Hill threatening to shoot him.
Timothy Hill also said that his brother “was bipolar and suffered from ADD.”
At the time of his arrest, Michael Hill told investigators that he was on medications and indicated that he had stopped taking them.
It is expected that when Michael Hill goes before a judge, he will be asked about medication needs.