In a tense 911 call, a school bookkeeper talks with 20-year-old Michael Hall, helping him surrender to police after she says he fired shots outside an Georgia elementary school. (Aug. 22)
SHOTLIST:Video: WSB-TV, Mandatory courtesy, embargo AtlantaAudio: DeKalb County Police handoutDecatur, Georgia- 21 August 20131. Various aerials of sceneAP TELEVISION- AP CLIENTS ONLYDecatur, Georgia- 21 August 20135. Mid of sign for McNair High School reading Welcome McNair Elementary School, Our Prayers are With You"Video: WSB-TV, Mandatory courtesy, embargo AtlantaAudio: DeKalb County Police handoutDecatur, Georgia- 21 August 20136. Various aerials of sceneDeKalb County Police Handout- Access All13. STILL PHOTO of suspect, 20-year-old Michael HillVideo: WSB-TV, Mandatory courtesy, embargo AtlantaAudio: DeKalb County Police handoutDecatur, Georgia- 21 August 201314. Various ground shots of scene, children and parentsAudio: Dispatcher: OK, stay on the line with me. Now where are you? Antoinette Tuff, school bookkeeper: I'm in the front office. (gunshots) Oh he just went outside and started shooting. (gunshots)===============Tuff: He said he don't care if he die, he says he don't have nothing to live for. And he says he's not mentally stable. ===============Tuff: He said he should have just went to the mental hospital instead of doing this. Because he's not on his medication. Dispatcher: Ok.===============Tuff: Ok, let me ask you this, Ma'am. He didn't hit anybody, he just shot outside the door. If I walk out there with him, if I walk out there with him so they won't shoot him or anything like that. He wants to give himself up is that ok so they won't shoot him? ================Dispatcher: Hold on one moment.Tuff: Ok she said hold on and we're going, she's going to talk to the police officer and I'll go out there with you. =================Tuff: Well don't feel bad baby my husband just left me after 33 years.=================Tuff: And you let me know what we need to do. He wants me to go on the intercom and let everybody know that he's sorry, ok? Dispatcher: Ok. Tuff: Ok hold on.=================Tuff: Ok. we're not gonna hate you baby, it's a good thing that you've given up, so we're not gonna hate you. =================Tuff: Ok he's on the ground now with his hands behind the back. Tell the officers don't come in with any guns, don't come in shooting or anything. So they can come on in and I'll buzz them in. Dispatcher: Ok.=================Tuff: So just stay there calm, don't worry about it. I'm gonna sit right here so they'll see that you tried not to harm me, ok? Ok. =================Tuff: It's going to be alright sweetie. I just want you to know that I love you though, ok? And I'm proud of you. That's a good thing that you've just given up. And don't worry about it. We all go through something in life.=================Tuff: Hello? Dispatcher: Yes?Tuff: I'm gonna tell you something baby, I ain't never been so scared in all the days in my life. Dispatcher: Me neither. But you did great. Tuff: Oh Jesus. Dispatcher: You did great.STORYLINE: Police in Decatur, Ga., are calling a school bookkeeper heroic for helping talk a school gunman into surrendering. The 911 tapes from yesterday's frightening standoff at the elementary school show how calm Antoinette Tuff remained as she told 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill, "We're not gonna hate you, baby. It's a good thing that you're giving up." The standoff ended with no one getting hurt.