Nashville, 28 March 2023 (TDI): A tragic incident occurred at the Covenant School, a private Christian school in Nashville, on Monday morning.
Our hearts are breaking – yet again. The pain of the families of those killed in Nashville today, like the pain of tens of thousands of families a year in America, cries out for action. It is long past time to do something about gun violence.
— Secretary Pete Buttigieg (@SecretaryPete) March 27, 2023
A female shooter, wielding two “assault-style” rifles and a pistol, entered the school through a side entrance and went to the second story, where she killed three students and three adults.
Police reported that the shooter had drawn detailed maps of the school, including the entry points to the building, indicating that the attack was premeditated.
Additionally, law enforcement officials have located writings from the shooter, which they are currently reviewing as part of their investigation.
Two of the victims were school employees, including the head of the school and a custodian. The shooter, a 28-year-old woman from Nashville, was shot by police following the violence and later died from her injuries.
The authorities are currently working to identify the shooter and determine whether she had any connection to the school.
The incident marks the latest in a series of mass shootings that have left communities across the country reeling from school violence.
For the record, the Nashville victims were taken to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital and Vanderbilt University Medical Center but were pronounced dead upon arrival. One officer sustained a hand wound from cut glass.
Apart from that, other students were able to leave the school and were escorted by police cars to a nearby church where they were reunited with their parents.
Condemnation of the tragic incident
Nashville Mayor John Cooper expressed his condolences, saying, “In a tragic morning, Nashville joined the dreaded, long list of communities to experience a school shooting. My heart goes out to the families of the victims. Our entire city stands with you.”
Democratic Sstate Rep. Bob Freeman, whose district includes The Covenant School, also expressed his sadness, calling the shooting an “unimaginable tragedy.”
Vice President Harris has also expressed condolences to the people of Nashville after the recent school shooting that took innocent lives.
The Vice President stated that “we are not powerless to prevent such tragedies” and has called for Congress to pass an assault weapons ban.
To the people of Nashville, Doug and I are praying for you and are heartbroken after another school shooting has taken more innocent lives.
We are not powerless to stop this. Congress must pass the assault weapons ban. @POTUS will sign it.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) March 27, 2023
So, she highlighted that President Biden is willing to sign such a ban into law. The statement implies that the use of assault weapons was a factor in this latest shooting and that banning such weapons could help prevent similar incidents in the future.
About the school
For the information, the Covenant School, founded as a ministry of Covenant Presbyterian Church in 2001, is a preschool through sixth-grade school for approximately 200 students.
The school has 33 teachers and is located in the affluent Green Hills neighborhood just south of downtown Nashville.
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The incident has left the community shaken, and authorities are continuing their investigation to determine the motive behind the attack.
Thus, the school will remain closed for the foreseeable future as the community mourns and begins to heal from this senseless act of violence.