Elementary School Shooting Suspect an 'Average Guy'
Michael Brandon Hill, 20, named as alleged Georgia gunman
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2013 4:52 AM CDT
This March 2013 booking photo provided by the Henry County Sheriff's Office shows Michael Brandon Hill.    (AP Photo/Henry County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – Neighbors of Michael Brandon Hill, the man who allegedly walked into a Georgia elementary school wielding an AK-47 and demanded to speak to a TV station, have familiar things to say about the suspect. Hill is "just an average guy," a man who lives across the street from the home Hill shared with five other people tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Other neighbors describe him as quiet and polite and say he could often be seen taking care of three children who apparently lived at the same address.

But Hill, who surrendered to officers after firing several shots at them, was no stranger to police, ABC reports. In March, he was arrested for alleged terrorist threats and acts and was sentenced to three years' probation and anger management. He now faces charges including aggravated assault on a police officer, terrorist threats, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and investigators say they're unsure of his motive. Hill lived about three miles from the school but no other ties to it have been uncovered.

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Aug 21, 2013 2:48 PM CDT
Ah, don't believe the Newser headline on this story rest of the World. The average guy in America isn't walking around with an AK-47 & hundreds of rounds of ammo looking to shoot up elementary schools.
Aug 21, 2013 1:14 PM CDT
This bookkeeper is the real story here. Love has its own strength. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/atlanta-school-shooting-bookkeeper-interview-alleged-gunman-michael-20020796
Aug 21, 2013 12:58 PM CDT
Let the debate continue: Too many guns in the hands of people; Guns don't kill people, people kill people. It's not a gun problem, it's a mental health problem. The harsh reality is that mental health budgets in virtually evey state, if not all states, have been consistently cut back drastically over AT LEAST the past thirty years. Anyone see a conflict yet? We have one of the highest if not THE highest prison population in the world and we are still harming and killing one another. Young Black males are the primary murderers of young black males. White males are primarily responsible for mass murders and serial murders. We need more capital punishment. Seems like states like Texas and Florida are doing a pretty good job in that area. How do they compare to states that don't have capital punishment or states that don't legally kill people at the same rates? If school teachers were armed, there would be no school shootings. I'm going to go out on a limb and say there were a few weapons available at Ft. Hood. Did the availability of guns prevent that shooting? Stand Your Ground!!?? Some evidence it is being used sucessfully as a defense when the shooter is the agressor. Christianity is the answer, yet those same Christians have no problems capping other Americans, both Christians and non Christians. We used to be number one in education-no longer true and has not been true for years. We used to be number one in health care. No longer true and has not been true for years. Where are we number one? Try and guess. One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. Maybe our violence is due to a culture of insanity!!?? Let the debate and insanity continue.