Michael Brandon Hill, Georgia School Shooter: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Michael Brandon Hill is the suspected gunman in yesterday’s elementary school shooting in Decatur, Georgia.

He was arrested after allegedly walking into the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy with an AK-47 and exchanging gunfire with responding cops. Authorities are now saying that Hill was carrying nearly 500 rounds of ammunition when he entered the school.

Hill is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. No one was injured in the incident.

Here’s what we know so far about this alleged crazed gunman:

1. He Wanted to Die in a Shootout With Police

In the interview above with Antoinette Tuff, a school employee who was held hostage by Hill in the school’s main office, she says that Hill wanted to die.

This corroborates what other people in the school have said: Hill wanted news agencies to film him dying in a shootout with police.

According to police, Hill fired six shots at police, but after they began firing back, he surrendered peacefully.

2. He Was Arrested Earlier this Year for Terroristic Threats

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According to arrest records, Michael Hill was arrested in McDonough, Georgia, about 32 miles south of Decatur, on March 12, 2013.

According to ABC, he entered a negotiated plea and was sentenced to three years of probation and anger management.

3. He Lives Steps From the School

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As of now, authorities cannot find any tangible link between Hill and the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy.

But the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that he lived in a house on East Lilac Street in Decatur, less than a half-mile from the school where Hill exchanged bullets with police yesterday afternoon. Neighbors say Hill moved into that house about a year ago and that he may have been “some kind of nanny” who watched over the three children that resided in the house.

Police searched the car to quell fears that it may be rigged with explosives, but none were found. According to the AJC, his residence on East Lilac Street was also searched by police.

4. He Was Also Arrested at 15 Years Old for Burglary

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Arrest records show that Michael Hill was arrested on February 18, 2009 for burglary. The arrest occurred in Henry County, Georgia, the same county where his March 2013 arrest also occurred in the town of McDonough.

5. His Brother Says He Has a Long History of ‘Medical Disorders’

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Still photo from News Chopper 2, WSBTV.

Last night ABC interviewed the suspect’s brother. Timothy Hill, 22, said that his brother has a “long history of medical disorders, including bipolar, and that could make you snap on a dime.” He also described his mother’s house as being so full of Michael’s medications it looked like a “drugstore.”

The suspect’s brother also said, “I had a feeling he was going to eventually, one day, do something stupid, but not of this magnitude.”