Suspect in custody after US school shooting

Children and staff evacuated after shots fired at elementary school in Atlanta

DeKalb County where US police have taken a suspect into custody following a shooting at the school. Image: Google Maps

DeKalb County where US police have taken a suspect into custody following a shooting at the school. Image: Google Maps

Tue, Aug 20, 2013, 20:28

US police have a suspect in custody after reports of gunfire at an Atlanta-area primary school, according to reports.

Michael Thurmond, superintendent of DeKalb County schools, said that school officials are doing a head count to ensure all students at Ronald E McNair Discovery Learning Academy are safe.

Television footage showed students were evacuated from the school and were sitting outside in a field.

Mr Thurmond said he is not aware of any injuries.

DeKalb County School Board Chairman Melvin Johnson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution there were reports of shots being fired inside the building.

AP