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Police and other first responders from around metro Atlanta were quizzed and asked to share ideas during a training session on how to deal with an active shooter situation at a school.

"We got almost 100 representatives here from various law enforcement agencies both at the local state and federal levels," said Cedric Alexander, the DeKalb County Police chief.

Alexander organized the training session following the real life drama at McNair Discovery Learning Academy back in August. Police said 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill brought an AK-47 assault rifle into the school, barricaded himself in an office and fired shots at police. He was later arrested after an employee at the school talked him down. No one got hurt

"There is always something to learn from events such as that and we are here to share our experiences and also hear from other agencies throughout the region who may have had an experience as well," said Alexander.

Last year the FBI was given the responsibility of working with state and local law enforcement agencies to ensure they are prepared to handle situations like the one that happened at McNair.

"Whether it is the Georgia State Patrol, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, everybody has a unique contribution they can bring to the table and we have to use that as a force multiplier to address the situation in the most effective manor. The public is going to hold a public official accountable and we certainly don't want anyone to fail," said Angela Tobon, an assist special agent in charge with the FBI.

"There is no perfect answers here, but what it does allow us to do is begin to think in a more tactical kind of way," Alexander said.

Alexander called the training session as success and he said he planned to host follow up sessions in the near future.

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