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6 Dead in Nashville elementary school shooting

In the elementary school shooting in Nashville, at least 3 children and 3 adults were killed.

In a shooting by a former pupil at a school in the American city of Nashville, Tennessee, six people—three youngsters and three staff members—have died.

Three of the victims were Covenant School students, all under the age of nine. William Kinney, Evelyn Dieckhaus, and Hallie Scruggs were identified by the police.

Cynthia Peak, 61, Katherine Koonce, 60, and Michael Hill, 61, were the victims who were adults.

Over 200 kids attend the private Christian school.

From three years old until about twelve, it instructs students.

On that particular day, Ms. Peak was filling in as a teacher. The website for Covenant identified Ms Koonce as the Head of School and Mr. Hill as a janitor.

Authorities identified the suspect as 28-year-old transsexual Audrey Hale.

Police shot and killed Hale, who had three weapons on him, one of which was a semi-automatic rifle.

At 10:13 local time on Monday, police got their first call about the incident.

The suspect entered the building by firing through one of the locked doors to the school.

Before ascending to the second floor of the structure, Hale fired shots from the ground floor.

Hale fired on the police vehicles as they approached from the second floor, hitting one in the windscreen, according to the police.

At 10:27, policemen barged inside and shot the man to death. Glass fragments hurt one policeman.

Police stated that they had “strong suspicions” that Hale had attended the school in the past after searching a nearby parked car.

In the course of searching the nearby house that is listed as the shooter’s residence, police spoke with the attacker’s father.

Investigators in Nashville, according to Nashville Police Chief John Drake, discovered a manifesto and “a map of how all of this was going to play out,” including entry and exit points at the school building.

He added that the assailant had watched people while preparing the attack.

Parents gathered at a neighboring church following the incident to pick up their kids. The Tennessean newspaper said that as school buses arrived, the children waved to their parents by hanging their heads and hands out the windows. Just south of downtown Nashville, in the upscale Green Hills suburb, is where you’ll find the Presbyterian-affiliated Covenant School.

One student’s mother claimed that the shooting had left her son traumatized. These aren’t the conversations we ought to be having, she continued. “We are failing our kids,”

By Monday evening, all that distinguished Covenant’s entry from those of other churches with schools was the memorial’s expansion and the presence of law enforcement.

The Easter Sunday service schedule and registration for a summer program were both advertised on a sign outdoors.

“When I heard it, I was unable to complete any more work. I was depressed and incensed,” explains Mark from south Nashville.

My way of honoring the lives lost is by bringing flowers.

Mayor John Cooper of Nashville declared in a statement that his city had “joined the dreaded, long list of communities to experience a school shooting.”

The shooting was described by President Joe Biden as “a family’s worst nightmare.”

He remarked, “We have to do more to combat gun violence,” and he urged Congress to enact gun control legislation. The fundamental soul of this country is being torn apart as well as our neighborhoods.

According to the non-profit organization tracking data on gun violence, Gun Violence Archive, the attack was the 129th mass shooting in America in 2023.

In the US this year, there have been 12 school shootings that have resulted in fatalities or injuries, according to data compiled by Education Week up until the end of last week.

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