DEKALB CO., Ga. – Antoinette Tuff, an employee at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy just outside Atlanta, is being called a ‘real hero’ for how she talked down a gunman at the elementary school.
The suspect, identified as Michael Brandon Hill, slipped inside behind someone else with AK-47 type weapon. He then, according to CNN, reportedly entered the office and shot at the ground, before jumping between inside and outside to fire at police.
Tuff has now revealed in an interview with ABC News that she talked to Hill during the ordeal – opening up to him in a cool and compassionate manner. She divulged her personal struggles to the gunman, trying to find a way to relate to him even as he “load[ed] up with ammunition in front of her and several other employees who were being held hostage.”
Hill was eventually taken into custody. No one inside or outside the Decatur school was hurt, despite the gunfire.
“Let me tell you something, babe,” Tuff told the dispatcher at the end of a dramatic 911 call, obtained by CNN affiliate WXIA, “I’ve never been so scared in all the days of my life. Oh, Jesus.”
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