by: Tom Regan Updated:CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. —
Cherokee County authorities arrested a man who was on the Cherokee Charter Academy campus Wednesday, the day after an intruder opened fire in a DeKalb County elementary school.
Authorities said deputies saw a suspicious-looking man dressed in black clothes in a parking lot. When they approached the man, he walked away. After the man was subdued, deputies found a BB gun that resembled a semi-automatic handgun and three knives in his possession.
"The mere fact that he's on this property with these weapons the day after the shooting is troubling, very troubling," said Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison.
Thirty-one-year-old Todd Christopher Grigg of Woodstock was charged with four counts of carrying a weapon on school property and obstruction of an officer.
Parents spoke about the arrest as they arrived to pick up their children from school.
"It's pretty scary, especially after what happened yesterday," said parent Leanne Ache. "But the school seemed to handle it well."
A charter school representative said the suspect did not enter the school and children were never in danger.
The suspect's brother, John Grigg, said his brother meant no harm to children or staff at school. Grigg, whose children attend the school, said he drove his brother to campus to drop off his children and allow Todd Grigg to meet their mother.
He said the mother was to take him to Emory Hospital for a scan on his brain tumor.
"The brain tumor affects his judgement but he wouldn't harm anyone." said Grigg.
John Grigg said that investigators served search warrants to gather potential evidence against his brother but would not find anything incriminating.