School Clerk Hailed Hero For Convincing Alleged Georgia School Gunman To Surrender

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As a gunman terrorized an Atlanta-area elementary school today, a school clerk said she was the one who convinced him to empty his pockets and backpack of ammunition and to get down on the floor so police could apprehend him.

In an exclusive interview on “World News with Diane Sawyer,” Antoinette Tuff described how she watched the suspect — Michael Brandon Hill, 20, from the Atlanta area, officials and sources said — load up with ammunition in front of her and several other employees who were being held hostage.

“[I saw] a young man ready to kill anybody that he could and take any lives he wanted to,” Tuff said.

The lone suspect entered Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga., this afternoon carrying an AK-47 assault rifle and other weapons, said Chief Cedric Alexander of the Dekalb Police.

Police identified the suspect as Michael Brandon Hill, 20, and said he will face charges including aggravated assault on a police officer, terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

“Detectives continue to interview the suspect at police headquarters,” a police statement noted.

Sources told ABC News Hill recently was arrested for alleged terroristic threats and acts.

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