The terrible Decatur, Georgia elementary school shooting could have been so much worse — and the fact that possible traces of explosives on the gunman’s car even tipped off search dogs really drives the seriousness home. Get all the latest updates from the investigation, here.
On Aug. 20, a gunman entered the Ronald E McNair Discover Learning Academy Elementary School just outside of Atlanta. The entire school was evacuated after shots were reported fired. After the gunman was taken into custody, police reveal that an explosive-smelling dog caught the scent of explosives on the gunman’s car, which led authorities to take the car away from the scene to have it thoroughly searched for explosives.
Decatur Elementary School Shooter’s Car Searched For Explosives
The gunman, described as a male about 19-20 years old, was in possession of an AK-47 assault rifle when he entered McNair Elementary School. Police reveal that he was able to gain entry to the school by following someone else in, reports CNN. Police are still investigating the young gunman’s connection to the school.
A SWAT team and police responded to the scene, complete with explosive-sniffing dogs. The dogs alerted the authorities to potential traces of explosives on the gunman’s vehicle, reports CNN. The car will be throughly and carefully searched for potential bomb materials, though none have been recovered so far. “We suspect there may have been explosives inside the vehicle,” reveals Police Chief Cedric Alexander.
New Details Emerging From Georgia School Shooting
The shooter fired about six shots from inside the Decatur, Georgia elementary school on Aug. 20, aiming at police officers outside as they approached, DeKalb County Police Chief William O’Brien said of the situation.
Police then started firing back. No one was injured in the crossfire, and police reveal that the gunman surrendered willingly.
The school reveals that all students have been accounted for, reports USA Today. No injuries have been reported.
— Kristine Hope Kowalski