In a Monday shooting at a private Christian elementary school in Nashville, three children and three adults were slain. The female shooter also passed away after being shot by police, according to authorities.
Over 200 students from preschool to sixth grade attended The Covenant School, a Christian institution, where violence occurred.
The shooter, who had two assault-style weapons and a pistol, was described by police as looking to be in her teens.
The killings occur as communities nationwide are in shock by a recent wave of school violence, which included the shooting massacre at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, a first-grader who shot his teacher in Virginia, and a shooting last week in Denver that injured two administrators.
At the Monroe Carell Jr. hospital, the Nashville victims were pronounced dead. Craig Boerner, a spokesman for the Children’s Hospital’s affiliated medical center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said that.
Some pupils fled their school Monday and went to a neighboring church to meet up with their families as they walked to safety while holding hands and avoiding the police cars surrounding the building.
On Monday morning, it was possible to observe police officers walking around the grassy perimeter of the building and through the school parking lot while wearing thick vests, helmets, and guns.
The officers could also be seen scanning a wooded area between the college and a neighboring road in helicopter footage obtained by WTVF.
Jozen Reodica could hear the fire and police sirens from her adjacent office building. She pulled out her phone and started recording the mayhem as her installation went into lockdown.
She said, “I just thought I would watch this on TV.” And it’s right now.
According to the school’s website, The Covenant School was established as a ministry of Covenant Presbyterian Church in 2001.
The college is close to Nashville’s leading institutions and the renowned Bluebird Café, a favorite hangout for singers and songwriters. It is in the affluent Green Hill neighborhood just south of downtown Nashville.
According to the school’s website, there are 33 teachers there. The school’s motto is “Shepherding Hearts, Empowering Minds, Enjoying Childhood,” according to its website.
The Covenant School is located in Democratic state Rep. Bob Freeman’s district, and he described the incident on Monday as an “unimaginable tragedy.”
BREAKING: 3 students and 3 adults killed in shooting at private Christian elementary school in Nashville, police say. The shooter is also dead.
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