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911 operator: 'God's presence was with me'

Kendra McCray Kendra McCray
DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

DeKalb County 911 operator Kendra McCray said God's presence was with her when she answered the emergency call last week about a shooting at McNair Discovery Learning Academy.

The call for help came from Antoinette Tuff in the front office of the school just seconds after the gunman entered the building.

"I just think it was the spirit of God over the both of us. Our inner souls just connected. I was calm, she was calm," McCray said.

McCray said she heard gunshots through the phone and Tuff initially asked her if she could run.

"I didn't want her to run because I didn't want him to do something drastic like maybe shoot her as she's trying to run off. So I asked her 'is there somewhere safe that you can go' and she said 'no, he's coming back in,'" McCray said.

McCray has been a 911 operator with DeKalb County for eight years and said this was the most difficult call she's ever taken.

"It just reminds us all, particularly in the law enforcement community, we have to stay alert, active, well trained and ready to respond at a moment's notice," DeKalb County police Chief Cedric Alexander said.

McCray said she was very nervous when the call came in. It was one of about 1.2 million calls DeKalb County 911 receives a year and she knew from experience that she had to remain calm.

"I was extremely emotional after this was all said and done. Once I knew that he was in custody and she was OK, I immediately left the room and went to the restroom and I was just like 'thank you Lord so much for answering prayers,'" McCray said.

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