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The Latest: Police ID teacher who fired handgun at school

By The Associated Press

DALTON, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on shots fired at high school in Georgia. (all times local):

2:40 p.m.

Police say a teacher who fired a gun inside a Georgia classroom taught social studies and was the play-by-play announcer for the high school's football team.

Dalton police tweeted that 53-year-old Jesse Randall Davidson has been taken into custody after a 30- to 45-minute standoff with police. Authorities say he was inside a locked classroom with no students present when he apparently fired a handgun.

Police have not said why he fired the gun. The only injury reported was a student who hurt their ankle running during the evacuation of Dalton High School.

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2:20 p.m.

Police say a "threatening" note was found last week at a Georgia high school that was the scene of a teacher firing a gun inside a classroom.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the note was related to the shooting Wednesday at Dalton High School. Police in Georgia say a teacher apparently fired a handgun Wednesday and barricaded himself in the classroom for about 30 minutes before he was taken into custody.

No students were inside the classroom at the time.

Police say the note was found Feb. 21, and mentioned a threat against the school the following day.

Assistant Police Chief Cliff Cason said in a statement at the time that officers planned an increased presence at the city's schools in response to the note.

Dalton is about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of Atlanta.

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2 p.m.

Police in Georgia say a teacher apparently fired a gun inside a classroom and barricaded himself there for about 30 minutes before he was taken into custody.

WRCB reports that no students were inside the classroom at the time. Police spokesman Bruce Frazier says that the teacher apparently did not want to involve students. He says authorities have recovered a handgun.

A student apparently injured their ankle while running inside the school during the evacuation Wednesday.

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1:40 p.m.

Police say one student has suffered an ankle injury after shots were reportedly fired at a high school in Georgia.

Police in Dalton tweeted that the student apparently injured their ankle while running inside the school during the evacuation Wednesday. Police say a teacher is in custody.

The student was treated by the EMS at the school.

Police spokesman Bruce Frazier says the scene is secure.

The incident happened two weeks after a school shooting in Florida left 17 students and faculty dead and put the country on edge.

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1 p.m.

Police in Georgia say officers have responded to reports of shots fired at a high school and a teacher who may have been barricaded in a classroom is in custody.

Police in Dalton tweeted that no children were hurt or were in danger. Police spokesman Bruce Frazier tells The Associated Press that the scene is secure. Police are not immediately saying what happened inside the school.

Police say the school has been evacuated and students have been taken to the Northwest Georgia Center. Police are advising parents to go there to pick them up.

Dalton is about 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of Atlanta.

The identity of the teacher has not been released.

The high school's website says it has 2,000 students.

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