A former pupil at a Nashville elementary faculty shot and killed three children and three adults on the personal Christian faculty on Monday, because the nation reels from one more “sick” and “heartbreaking” faculty capturing.
The 28-year-old suspect, a transgender lady who was a former pupil at The Covenant School in Nashville, entered the Tennessee faculty by way of a aspect door as she carried two AR-style weapons and a handgun, police stated.
The shooter, recognized as Audrey Hale who wrote a manifesto and had drawn an in depth map of the varsity, fatally shot three 9-year-olds and three workers members earlier than she was shot and killed by police.
The three 9-year-old pupil victims have been recognized as Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs and William Kinney. The three grownup victims have been recognized as Cynthia Peak, 61, Katherine Koonce, 60, and Mike Hill, 61.
“I was hoping this day would never, ever come here in this city,” Metro Nashville Police Department Chief John Drake stated throughout a press convention.
“I was literally moved to tears to see children being ushered out of the building,” the chief added.
Five cops instantly went into the varsity, “addressed the threat and took that threat down,” Drake stated of the swift police response to the focused faculty capturing.
Kids have been seen crying as they boarded buses to depart the varsity.
“It’s just sick,” President Biden stated from the White House about one more faculty capturing, later including, “It’s heartbreaking. A family’s worst nightmare.”
The president praised the police who rapidly responded to the varsity “to end the danger.”
“We have to do more to stop gun violence,” Biden stated. “It’s ripping our communities apart. It’s ripping at the soul of this nation, ripping at the very soul of this nation… I call on Congress again to pass my assault weapons ban. It’s about time that we begin to make some more progress.”
First Lady Jill Biden stated of the varsity capturing, “I am truly without words. And our children deserve better.”
The shooter didn’t have a prison historical past, and police didn’t instantly know if she had a historical past of psychological sickness.
The police chief was requested in regards to the motive, and whether or not the shooter figuring out as transgender led her to concentrating on the varsity.
“There is some theory to that,” the police chief responded. “We’re investigating all the leads, and once we know exactly, we’ll let you know.”
There have been seven mass killings at Ok-12 colleges since 2006 wherein 4 or extra individuals have been killed inside a 24-hour interval, in response to a database maintained by The Associated Press and USA Today in partnership with Northeastern University.
Massachusetts elected officers known as for legislative motion within the wake of one other faculty capturing.
“There are few words left to describe the pain felt by these parents, or the trauma left with students, educators and community members whose worst fear has become a horrifying reality,” Gov. Maura Healey tweeted. “We need action.”
Congresswoman Katherine Clark tweeted, “Enough. Our children, our families, and our educators deserve security. They deserve to live free from fear. They deserve bold, urgent action to stop this never-ending cycle of tragedy.”
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley tweeted, “Again & again & again, my heart is shattered. For the loved ones ripped away from their families in Nashville. For this unconscionable violence enabled by cowardice & a deficit of political will. It doesn’t have to be this way.”
Herald wire companies have been used on this report.