Six people, including three children, were killed in the shooting of a white woman at a private school in Nashville.
The incident happened at a suburban elementary school, Covenant School.
Police said the shooter, who has not yet been named, killed three children and three adults before being shot dead. police.
NBC News Citing law enforcement officers who say the shooter was Audrey Hale.
It’s unclear what her motives were, but police believe she was in school at some point.
A frightened child presses his hand against the window glass of a school bus after being evacuated from a Covenant school
Children hold hands as they leave Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday.
Terrified children peeping out of school bus window while waiting to be kicked out of school after shooting
Children at a Covenant school drove past an ambulance on Monday after a female shooter opened fire, killing three staff members and three students before being shot by police.
A father takes his son out of The Covenant School in Nashville after shooters kill three students and two staff members.
Shortly before 10:13 a.m., the woman entered the school through the side door and began firing on the second floor.
It is unknown how she gained access to the building. All the doors were locked, police said.
Police arrived at the scene and heard gunshots coming from upstairs. By 10:27 a.m., she was shot dead. She was armed with two assault rifles and a handgun.
Parents will pick up their children from The Covenant School in Nashville on Monday
A reunited family prays together outside The Covenant School in Nashville
Parents were told to collect the children from a nearby church, but no other information was provided.
“I know today is probably the worst day of anyone’s life.
“You can’t tell how much we sympathize,” a Metropolis police officer was heard telling parents, who were waiting for an update at a nearby church.
Neighbors at the school watched as parents frantically rushed to the scene to find their children.
“As parents we all feel fear.
A man walks with his children at the Reintegration Center at Woodmont Baptist Church after the Covenant school shooting.
Adults walking with children at the Reintegration Center at Woodmont Baptist Church
Adults walk with children at Woodmont Baptist Church reunion center after the shooting
A man brings his two children home from Covenant school after Monday’s shooting
Two adults escort frightened children out of a Covenant school on Monday after a school shooting.
Children and adults wait outside The Covenant School in Nashville after the shooting.
Parents gathered at the sanctuary to wait for updates on whether their children were among the victims
A police officer walks through the entrance to The Covenant School after the Nashville shootings.
Terrified children hold hands as they leave The Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday.
A woman holds her young child after Monday’s shooting at The Covenant School in Nashville. 3 children were killed by a woman
Frightened parents wait for their children at The Covenant School in Nashville.woman shot dead by police
Parents rushed to the scene to collect their children after Monday morning’s incident
Kids pour in from The Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday
Metro Nashville police officers gather near The Covenant School, a private Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee, following a fatal shooting on Monday, March 27, 2023.
“Don’t send your children to school thinking that there will be more shootings, especially in this area.
“It’s really overwhelming just hearing it as a parent. Seeing all the parents run up the hill to make sure their kids are okay,” Lisa Devasque told DailyMail.com.
Susan Perkins, 68, told DailyMail.com her daughter and grandson-in-law were at school at the time of the shooting and were unharmed. Her daughter is a communications director and her step-grandson is in sixth grade.
“I talked to my daughter and she was too busy to talk and just said okay,” said a mother in Knoxville, Tennessee.
“I’m just shaking with fear and I’m so sorry that something like this happened,” she said. “I can’t believe three children were killed.”
She described Covenant School as a small, close-knit Christian school where everyone knows and supports each other.
“I never thought my school would end up like this. I would love to see guns disappear from the streets,” Perkins said.
Alison Grippo, 40, told DailyMail.com that she has three surviving children in Covenant schools.
As rumors of the shooting spread, she, like other parents, was escorted to nearby Woodmont Baptist Church. It was set up as a meeting place where children anxiously awaited.
“She said her children, like many others, still talk to investigators.
“We are waiting to be reunited with our children,” Grippo told DailyMail.com. Praise the
The school has about 33 staff and about 210 students.
Many of those students were seen today wearing school uniforms and fleeing the building after the shootings began.
Other schools in the area have been shut down as a precautionary measure, but are not believed to pose a further threat.
Parents are currently meeting at the church next door to the school. Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn was the first to offer condolences.
“Chuck and I were heartbroken to hear about the shooting at Covenant School in Nashville.
“My office is in contact with federal, state and local officials and we are always ready to help.
Parents gather at the sanctuary of Nashville’s Woodmont Baptist Church on Monday after a shooter opened fire and killed three students
At Monday’s National Cities League conference, First Lady Jill Biden said, “I’m really speechless. Our children deserve better. We’ll be with Nashville in our prayers.”
“Thank you to the first responders working in the field. Please join us in prayer for those affected.
Senator Bill Haggerty tweeted:
“Thank you to law enforcement and first responders for their heroic actions.”
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee tweeted: “I am closely monitoring the tragic situation in the Covenant… Prayers for schools, congregations and the Nashville community as we continue to respond.” Please join us.”
At a press conference, White House Press Secretary Carine Jean-Pierre said the shooting demonstrated the ongoing need for tougher gun reform.
Speaking at the National League of Cities conference on Monday, First Lady Jill Biden told the audience:
“I am truly speechless. Our children deserve better. We stand with Nashville in our prayers.”
Shooting on Monday is the 129th shoot this year.
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