West News Wire: In the most recent mass shooting, which occurred at a private Christian primary school in Nashville, Tennessee, at least six people were killed. According to reports, the suspect was fatally shot by police on Monday.
According to Metropolitan Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron, the shooting at Covenant School in southwest Nashville’s Green Hills area, which started around 10 a.m., claimed the lives of three children and three adult staff members. Unknown female shooter who looked to be in her teens.
When they heard gunfire coming from the second story, responding officers were clearing the first floor of the school, according to Aaron. Five officers responded “immediately” to the gunfire and observed the shooter reloading her firearm. Two of the officers shot the suspect, killing her within 14 minutes of receiving the first emergency call about the incident, the spokesman said.
The shooter entered the school through a side door and began firing multiple shots as she traversed to the second story. She was armed with two assault rifles and at least one handgun.
Police and Nashville Fire Department officials directed parents of Covenant School students to a nearby staging area, at Woodmont Baptist Church, to be reunited with their children.
Founded in 2001, the Covenant School is a ministry of the Covenant Presbyterian Church, which is located in the same complex. The school serves children from preschool age through 6th grade. It has more than 200 students and 40 staff members.
The US has had dozens of school shootings in the past year, leading to increased calls for new restrictions on gun ownership. The US Congress last June passed the country’s first major gun control legislation in nearly three decades. Momentum for that bill was triggered by a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two teachers.