Nashville Christian School Shooting Leaves At Least 3 Children & 3 Adults Dead
Three adults and three children were gunned down following a mass shooting at a private Christian school in Nashville on Monday (Mar. 27). The female suspect–a heavily armed 28-year-old woman– was killed in an altercation with police.
Don Aaron– a spokesperson for the Metro Nashville Police Department– said the female suspect was believed to have entered a side entrance with two assault rifles and a handgun.
“The police department response was swift. Officers entered the first story of the school and begin clearing it. They heard shots coming from the second level; they immediately went to the gunfire.”
The suspect was fatally shot by a five-member police team in a second-floor lobby, according to reports. Police said they first got calls about the shooter at 10:13 a.m. CT and Nashville firefighters first reported their personnel was responding to an “active aggressor” at 10:39 a.m. CT. The names and ages of the victims have not been released at this time.
According to reports, students of the school were bused to Woodmont Baptist Church, two miles away from the shooting incident, to be reunited with their parents.
The fire department helped usher the children out of the school, carefully trying to help them from seeing the carnage.
Fire department spokesperson Kendra Loney said,
“We were on scene to help them mitigate anyone from seeing exactly what else as going on. But we’re sure they heard the chaos surrounding this.”
In a statement, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said:
“I am closely monitoring the tragic situation at Covenant. As we continue to respond, please join us in praying for the school, congregation & Nashville community.”
The Covenant School was founded in 2001 as a ministry of Covenant Presbyterian Church and has students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. Enrollment fluctuates between 195 and 210, with 33 teaching faculty members. On a typical day, it has 209 students and 40 to 50 staff members, Aaron (a spokesperson for the Metro Nashville Police Department) said.
The story is still developing. Please check back for updates
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims’ families.
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