While authorities are still working on finding a motive for the shooting at the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Georgia, school clerk Antoinette Tuff told ABC's World News with Diane Sawyer that by talking to the gunman and telling him her life story, she worked to convince him to back down. "He told me he was sorry for what he was doing. He was willing to die," Tuff said, adding that she asked him to put his weapons and backpack down, then told police he was giving himself up. It’s not clear whether the suspect, a 19-year-old white male who was carrying multiple guns, had any ties to the school.
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