Covenant school shooting in Nashville, Tennessee leaves 3 children, 3 adults dead along with 28 year old female suspect gunman. No known motive.
And yet again. Three children and three adult staff members were shot and killed at a private school in Nashville, Tennessee, at the hands of a female suspect.
The shooting unfolded Monday morning just on 10.13 am at the Covenant School, a Christian Presbyterian school for students in preschool through sixth grade.
The female suspect, since identified as being 28 years old, was shot and killed by authorities in a lobby area of the school, police said during a news conference.
No one who was shot during the mass school shooting survived, officials said.
The suspect entered the school through a side entrance and was armed with at least two assault-type rifles and a handgun, officials said. She has not yet been identified, police said.
BREAKING: Alleged gunman in Nashville school shooting was female who entered through a side entrance of the school, armed with at least “two assault-type rifles and a handgun,” officials say.
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— ABC News (@ABC) March 27, 2023
UPDATE: 3 students & 3 adult staff members from Covenant School were fatally shot by the active shooter, who has now been identified as a 28-year-old Nashville woman.
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) March 27, 2023
No known motive
The school has about 209 students and about 40 to 50 staff members, officials said.
No known motive was immediately known.
It remained unclear how the 28 year old female gunman was able to obtain her cache of weapons, nor why the private Christian school was not guarded at the time of the attack.
The Covenant School was founded as a ministry of Covenant Presbyterian Church in 2001, according to the school’s website. The school is located in the affluent Green Hill neighborhood just south of downtown Nashville.
The grade school which fluctuates between 195 and 210 in enrolment has 33 teachers, the website said. The school’s website features the motto ‘Shepherding Hearts, Empowering Minds, Celebrating Childhood.’
The Covenant school shooting is believed to be the fifth in the Nashville area since 2011, and first since 2018.
Welcome to a bold brave new unrelenting America where gun violence in schools has seemingly become the norm.