ALBAWABA - A woman opened fire at a private Christian grade school in Nashville Monday, killing three children and three adults, officials said.
The shooting unfolded at The Covenant School on Burton Hills Boulevard, where officers "engaged" the attacker, described by Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake as a woman who appeared to be a former student at that school.
wow. a woman makes a passionate case for gun control during a press conference about the Nashville school shooting pic.twitter.com/tQDdSrBZZ6— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 27, 2023
The female shooter was then shot dead on the second floor of the school building at The Covenant School within 15 minutes of the first 911 call reporting that she had opened fire.
She entered the school through a side door on the first floor, police said.
Police said the suspect was 28-year-old Audrey Hale, who identified as transgender.
Hale was armed with three guns, including a semi-automatic rifle, and was shot dead by police.
BREAKING: At least three children are dead after a shooting at a Christian school in Nashville, officials say. https://t.co/bFprYVo5F6 https://t.co/lkfVXiRZtX— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 27, 2023
A spokesperson for Vanderbilt University Medical Center confirmed that three pediatric patients were taken to their facility, all having suffered gunshot wounds.
All three were pronounced dead after arrival, according to hospital spokesperson John Howser.