Bookkeeper At Georgia Elementary School Talked Down Shooter (VIDEO)

A bookkeeper at McNair Elementary School in Decatur, Ga. told television station WSB that she was able to talk down a gunman who entered the school Tuesday and fired shots before he was able to cause any injuries.

“I knew that if he got outside, he was unstable enough to start shooting at everybody,” the bookkeeper, Antoinette Tuff, told WSB.

Tuff told the news station that she related her personal story to the shooter in hopes of keeping him calm and preventing him from going outside where he could potentially shoot at schoolchildren who had been evacuated. She told the shooter she had raised a disabled child and a law school student after losing her husband of 33 years, then bounced back to start her own business.

“I started communicating to him and to the police and to Channel 2 News, and then just started trying to talk him down, to calm him down, to let him know I understand how he was feeling,” she said.

Watch the full interview with Tuff below, courtesy of WSB-TV: 

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