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TENNESSEE TARGETED ATTACK AT PRIVATE CHRISTIAN GRADE SCHOOL

March 27, 2023 | By Kali Girl

Tragic news unfolded on Monday at a private Christian grade school in Nashville, where a shooter opened fire and claimed the lives of three children and three adults, reports CBS News.

Police identified the victims as 9-year-olds Evelyn Dieckhaus, William Kinney, and Hallie Scruggs, and 60-year-old Katherine Koonce, 61-year-old Cynthia Peak, and 61-year-old Mike Hill. All three adults were a part of the school staff. Authorities identified the shooter as Audrey Hale, a 28-year-old from Nashville, who officials said was at one time a student at the school, was armed with a handgun and assault weapons.

Reportedly, Hale entered Covenant School through a side door and navigated the building, moving from the first floor to the second floor.

According to Don Aaron, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, officers initially entered the first floor of the school building to conduct a sweep. However, gunfire was heard coming from the second level, which prompted officers to quickly move upstairs. When they reached the second level, they witnessed the shooter firing her weapon, and the officers were forced to act. The shooter was fatally shot by two of the five responding police officers at the scene.

Nashville Police Chief John Drake who discovered “maps drawn of the school in detail along with a manifesto,” said their preliminary investigation indicated that it was a targeted attack.

“We’ve also determined there were maps drawn of the school in detail of surveillance, entry points, etc. We know and believe that entry was gained by shooting through one of the doors, is how they actually got into the school,” Drake said. He described the guns used to carry out this tragedy as two “AR-style weapons” — a rifle and a pistol.

He added, “When we send our kids to school, or to any place of safety, we expect them to live, learn, have fun and come back from that day’s experience. We don’t anticipate things like this.”

President Joe Biden addressed the shooting on Monday afternoon. “It’s sick,” he said. “It’s heartbreaking. A family’s worst nightmare.”

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