Three children and three adults are dead following a shooting incident in Nashville, USA.
According to the police, the shooter was a white 28-year-old from the Nashville area. She was shot dead by two officers later.
The sad incident happened at The Covenant School.
Nashville police spokesperson Don Aaron revealed in a press briefing on Monday that the three children who died were students, and the three adults who died were staff members.
The victims identified by authorities on Monday afternoon are:
Evelyn Dieckhaus, age 9
Hallie Scruggs, age 9
William Kinney, age 9
Cynthia Peak, age 61
Katherine Koonce, age 60
Mike Hill, age 61
The first call came in at 10:13 a.m. The shooter “entered the school through a side entrance and traversed her way from the first floor to the second floor, firing multiple shots,” the police spokesperson disclosed.
Photos from the scene were posted by the Nashville police on Monday evening. According to them, the shooter entered the building by shooting out the glass in a door. The shooter also fired at police vehicles which were arriving from the second floor.
Per the police report seen by Newshuntermag.com, the shooter had two assault-style rifles and one pistol and the shooting took place in a “lobby-type area” in an upper part of the school.
The shooter was dead by 10:27 a.m., the police spokesperson further disclosed. Two of those guns were obtained legally.
Identified as Audrey Hale of Nashville, the police indicated that the shooter was a former student but have not said anything about a potential motive. The deceased shooter had no criminal history.
Hale had multiple rounds of ammunition and was “prepared for a confrontation with law enforcement,” Nashville Police Chief John Drake said. He said the shooter had maps drawn of the school and its entry points.
He stated the parents of the children who were killed have been notified. “I was literally moved to tears to see this and the kids as they were being ushered out of the building,” Drake sadly reacted earlier.
Five of the victims were sent to the emergency departments at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
A spokesperson for the hospital confirmed to NPR that three children and two adults sent to the hospital couldn’t survive.