Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Details emerge about Ga. school shooting suspect

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LITHONIA, Ga. — A man who allegedly exchanged gunfire with police at an Atlanta-area school didn't seem to have any friends and rarely talked about his family or past during the months he lived with a couple who serve as pastors at a small church.

But Michael Brandon Hill was quiet and didn't display anger or violent tendencies, said Natasha Knotts, the woman who took him in after he started coming to the small church where her husband is pastor and she is an assistant pastor. No one was injured in Tuesday's standoff.

The DeKalb County Public Defender's Office said in a statement that it was representing Hill and that he has "a long history of mental health issues."

Knotts told the Associated Press on Wednesday that Hill, 20, lived with them for about six months in his late teens.

"He was part of our family," Knotts said. Her family was aware that "he had a mental disorder" before he moved in.

Before going to Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, located a few miles east of Atlanta, investigators say that Hill took a photo of himself with an assault rifle and packed up nearly 500 rounds of ammunition — enough to shoot more than half of the school's students.

Hill is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Police declined to discuss what he told them when questioned.

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