Decatur, GA, United States (4E) – Details about the young gunman who took hostage employees of a Decatur elementary school and fired at responding police officers emerged on Wednesday as his brother revealed that the suspect suffers from psychiatric disorders.
Michael Brandon Hill, 20, who is now in police custody after his arrest on Tuesday, has bipolar and attention deficit disorder, according to his brother Timothy.
Timothy told NBC News that Michael threatened to shoot him in a Facebook post in December. He filed a police complaint and Hill turned himself in at the Henry County police headquarters in McDonough on March 13. A grand jury charged Hill with terroristic threats and he pleaded guilty. Hill was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered not to come near Timothy.
Neighbors of Hill, who rents a home in the wooded neighborhood off East Lilac Street in Decatur, described the suspect as a quiet and polite guy. Francis Hall, who lives across the street from Hill, said he is an average guy, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
On Tuesday, Hill slipped into the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, which is just walking distance from his house. Armed with an AK-47 and another handgun, he took hostage a couple of school staff and told them to call the local TV station. When police came to arrest him, he fired several rounds. The police fired back before he surrendered peacefully.
No one was injured in the incident but it scared parents and students, who were evacuated after Hill’s arrest.
Hill was charged on Tuesday with aggravated assault on a police officer, making terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Police are still questioning him for his motive in terrorizing the school.