Woman shoots at elementary school in Tennessee, killing 3 students and XNUMX adults
On March 27, a mass shooting at a private elementary school in Tennessee killed three students and three adults. FoxNews.
The victims died in the attack, according to the Vanderbilt Medical Center. Police say officers engaged and killed the shooter, a 28-year-old woman with two "assault rifles" and a handgun.
The woman, identified only as a Nashville resident, killed three students and three adults before being killed by police shortly before 10:30 a.m. local time.
“She was once a student at this school,” Nashville Police Chief John Drake said. “There was a car nearby that gave us a clue as to who she was.”
Police say the shooter entered the building through a side door before climbing a flight of stairs to the second floor, where she opened fire.
Medical center officials say three students were taken to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital in Vanderbilt with gunshot wounds. All three were pronounced dead upon arrival. Three other adults were also declared dead after the attack. All three were employees of the school.
Law enforcement is working to contact the families of the victims, none of whom have been publicly identified. Police have yet to establish any connection between the shooter and the school.
When news of the shooting at Covenant School broke, local television journalist Hannah McDonald not only tried to impartially report the tragedy that claimed the lives of three students and three adults, but also experienced personal feelings, reports DeadLine.
“My mother-in-law, Diana, works at the front desk there,” McDonald told NewsChannel 5 viewers in Nashville. She was at school this morning. However, Diana was able to get out of this hell.”
She said that her mother-in-law, who is usually the first point of contact for everyone who comes to school from 7 am, left to take a break.
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"And that's why right now I'm just…" she said, pausing with what seemed to be a mixture of joy and sadness, "I'm torn." McDonald said she didn't get to talk to her mother-in-law, but her husband did.
Earlier in the broadcast, Hannah had shared that she covered an active shooter training event at this very school just 13 months ago. pic.twitter.com/oaykbvoVbd
— Sam Sagnella ⚡️ (@SamSagnella) March 27, 2023
Her husband is apparently former Fox 17 reporter Alex Apple, who told ABC News about the conversation with his mother.
“My mom worked there for 20 years… at the front desk. She lets people into the building. She walked away from her desk, went away on business, was doing something, came back in her car and got alerts… “Hide for cover. Shelter in place." She got out of the car and heard shots,” he said.
Apple described Covenant, a Presbyterian private school, as "just a beautiful church and a beautiful building" as "a simple community full of love" where the caretaker is the one who sings the Lord's Prayer at graduation.
The police said at a press conference that on any given day, the school typically has 209 students and 40-50 employees. McDonald said she covered an active shooting exercise there about a year ago.
Covenant School is a private Christian school for students through 6th grade, according to the institution's website.
“We are responding to an active shooter at Covenant School at 33 Burton Hills Boulevard. We can confirm that we have multiple casualties,” the Nashville Fire Department said on March 27. “Parents who go to school should go to 20 Burton Hills.”
Metro Nashville Police confirmed the shooter's death in a statement, adding that the school was already working to reunite parents and children at a safe distance from Burton Hills Boulevard.
“There was a mass shooting at Covenant School, a Covenant Presbyterian church, in Burton Hills. The shooter is dead. Student reunions with parents are taking place at Woodmont Baptist Church, 2100 Woodmont Blvd.,” the department said.
The police officer was injured in the hand by glass.
An active shooter event has taken place at Covenant School, Covenant Presbyterian Church, on Burton Hills The shooter was engaged by MNPD and is dead. Student reunification with parents is at Woodmont Baptist Church, 2100 Woodmont Blvd. pic.twitter.com/vO8p9cj3vx
- Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) March 27, 2023
The Nashville chapter of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) also sent agents to assist the MNPD in responding to the attack.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper released a statement regarding the March 27 attack.
“On a tragic morning, Nashville joined a terrifying long list of communities affected by school shootings,” he wrote. “My heart goes out to the families of the victims. Our whole city supports you. I thank the police and medical workers.”
David Rausch, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said his agency is helping local authorities.
"I know there are people who will criticize us for praying, but that's what we do in the south," he said.
Other Tennessee legislators were quick to offer their condolences and support in the aftermath of the attack.
State Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty issued statements mourning the tragedy and praising law enforcement.
"Devastated and heartbroken at the tragic news at Covenant School," Hagerty tweeted. “I am grateful to law enforcement and first responders for their heroic actions. I am monitoring the situation closely and my office is in contact with local authorities and is available to anyone who needs help.”
“Chuck and I are heartbroken to learn of the Covenant School shooting in Nashville. My office is in contact with federal, state and local authorities and we are ready to help,” Blackburn said in a statement. - Thanks to the first rescuers working on the spot. Please join us in prayer for those affected."
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First Lady Jill Biden also responded to the attack later on March 27, saying we are "supporting Nashville in prayer."
“I have no words, our children deserve better,” she added.
On March 27, the FBI released data on active shootings for 2021. The agency said there were 61 such incidents this year, and all but one were perpetrated by a man.
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