Atlanta school gunman has a history of mental illness: Lawyer
ATLANTA (REUTERS) - A 20-year-old man who opened fire with an AK-47 in an Atlanta-area elementary school has a history of mental illness and once threatened in a Facebook message to kill his brother, according to the suspect's lawyer and family.
A school clerk convinced Michael Brandon Hill to lay down his gun and turn himself in after he walked into the school carrying 500 rounds of ammunition and exchanged gunfire with police. No students were injured in the incident.
"Mr Hill is being represented by members of our Mental Health Division," said Ms Claudia Saari, a public defender representing Hill.
Mr Timothy Hill, the brother of the alleged gunman, told police he received threatening messages on Facebook from his brother, including one that stated he would "shoot him in the head and not think twice about it," a December 2012 police report said.