US school suspect had nearly 500 rounds: Police
LITHONIA, Georgia (AP) - A suspect in an Atlanta-area school shooting took a photo of himself with an AK 47-rifle and packed up nearly 500 rounds of ammunition before the attack - enough to shoot more than half the school's students, police said on Wednesday.
No one was injured in shooting on Tuesday, but the suspect exchanged gunfire with police who surrounded the elementary school in Decatur, Georgia.
The school's 870 students were evacuated and terrified parents rushed to pick up their children. Some said they instantly thought of the massacre of 20 children and six educators at a Connecticut elementary school in December. That attack has dominated arguments over gun control in the United States (US).
A woman whose family once took in the suspect in Tuesday's shooting, Michael Brandon Hill, said he was mentally ill but never violent in the past. Ms Natasha Knotts told The Associated Press (AP) that Hill lived with her and her husband for a time when he was in his late teens. She says she served as a mother figure for Hill in after he started coming to the small church where she and her husband are pastors.