On Monday, a gunman opened fire inside a private Christian primary school in Nashville, killing seven people, three of whom were children.
At 10:13 a.m., police got a report regarding an active shooter at Covenant School, and officers rushed to the site to clear the hallways.
When officers arrived on the site, they heard gunfire on the second story and hurried to a lobby-style area, where they discovered a 28-year-old Nashville woman strapped with two assault weapons and a pistol.
The gunman had slain three kids and three staff members before being killed by responding cops at 10:27 a.m.
Police have yet to officially identify the gunman or the victims, and no motive or link between the attacker and the school has been announced.
According to officials, the only other person injured at the site was an officer who cut his palm on shattered glass.
“[Three] pediatric patients with gunshot wounds were transported to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.” “All three were pronounced dead upon arrival,” said John Howser, chief communications officer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
“An active shooter event has occurred at Covenant School, Covenant Presbyterian Church, on Burton Hills Dr.,” Nashville police stated in a tweet.
“The shooter was apprehended and killed by MNPD.”
“Students are being reunited with their parents at Woodmont Baptist Church.”
Vanderbilt University Medical Center was alerted to take in the wounded being carried from the school, who was later declared dead at the hospital.
The FBI and the Nashville section of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives have also sent agents to help with the investigation.
According to their website, Covenant School has around 200 students enrolled in grades pre-K through 6th grade.
“Nashville has, sadly, today joined the communities that have experienced a school shooting,” Nashville Councilman Freddie O’Connell said in a statement. For the time being, my attention is on assisting the affected families and revising our efforts to avoid these heinous occurrences.”
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said he was keeping a close eye on the situation and that police from the state Highway Patrol and Department of Safety is aiding first responders.
“Please join us in praying for the school, congregation, and Nashville community as we continue to respond,” Lee stated.
Nashville US Senator Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) remarked, “I am devastated and heartbroken about the tragic news at Covenant School.” I appreciate the bravery of police officers and first responders. “I am closely monitoring the situation, and my office is in contact with local officials and available to anyone who requires assistance.”
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