Police identify man in mental health facility shooting

- Smyrna Police have identified a man accused of opening gunfire inside a mental health facility Wednesday afternoon. 

According to the Associated Press, suspect Tevin McDonald, 24, argued with staff members before the shooting at the Ridgeview Institute, which is located in the 3900 block of South Cobb Drive in Smyrna. 

Police said several shots were fired, but no one was injured.

Officers and Cobb County Police surrounded the area, and residents told FOX 5 neighbors were ordered back into their homes during the ordeal. After 45 minutes, police eventually found and apprehended McDonald who was hiding in the woods down the road.

"Through the cooperative efforts of the Cobb County Police Department, the Smyrna and Marietta Police Department and the Cobb County Sheriff's Office we had a perimeter established, and units with their K-9 partners were able to apprehend him," said Louis Defense, Smyrna Police Department.

SKYFOX 5 flew over the scene just after 3 p.m. and spotted a large police presence. Several dozen police officers were at the facility and surrounding neighborhoods.

Police believe the gunman was at the facility to seek treatment. Investigators are not sure whether he was staying at the facility, but said he brought the weapon onto the premises. The handgun was recovered a short time after the suspect's arrest.

McDonald is being held at the Cobb County jail without bond. He's charged with aggravated assault and criminal damage to property. 

Officials with the Ridgeview Institute would not comment on the ordeal. A sign outside one office warned people no weapons were allowed on the premises.

The Ridgeview Institute is a private psychiatric and addiction treatment hospital in Cobb County.

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