During Monday’s tragic school shooting at a Nashville-based private Christian elementary school, three students and three staffers were killed by a shooter. Authorities have identified the perpetrator as Audrey Hale, a 28-year-old biological female identified as a transgender man. Hale was confirmed to have been a former student at the school. Hale, who resided in Nashville, was killed by law enforcement officials. NBC released a report revealing her identity as the shooter. Nashville police have now released photos of the guns used by Hale as well as security footage showing her shooting through glass doors in order to gain entry to the school. See below:
Active shooter Audrey Elizabeth Hale drove to Covenant Church/School in her Honda Fit this morning, parked, and shot her way into the building. She was armed with 2 assault-type guns and a 9 millimeter pistol. pic.twitter.com/mIk2pDmCwQ
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) March 28, 2023
Female mass shooters account for only 2% of all such incidents in the United States, according to the Violence Project database. Hale is the fifth female mass shooter in U.S. history, and the first to commit a school shooting of this nature. The shooting occurred at the Covenant School, where investigators found a car that helped them determine the shooter’s identity, as stated by Metro Nashville Chief of Police John Drake during a press conference. See below:
On Monday, March 27th, 2023, a tragic mass shooting unfolded at the Covenant School, a private Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee, resulting in the loss of six lives, including three children and three adults. The shooter, a suspected 28-year-old female who appeared to be in her teens, was killed by police at the scene, while the victims were pronounced dead at a nearby hospital and on-site. Authorities are still working to identify the shooter and determine their motive for the attack. The incident has left the community reeling and has prompted responses from both local and national officials.
Six children killed in a mass shooting at a Tennessee school
On Monday, March 27th, 2023, a mass shooting occurred at a Nashville, Tennessee private Christian school, the Covenant School, leaving six people dead, including three children and three adults. The shooter, who is believed to be a 28-year-old female, was killed by police at the scene. The following information was released by the authorities:
The suspected shooter, a former student at the Nashville Christian school is reported to be a female in her late twenties but appeared to be a teenager to many during the initial reporting. The shooter was killed by police at the scene following the shooting that left a total of six people dead, including three children. The unknown woman has yet to have her identity confirmed and released to the public. During the shooting, she was in possession of two assault-style weapons and a handgun when she entered the Covenant School building via a side entrance.
At a nearby children’s hospital, medical professionals declared three children deceased. One adult was pronounced dead at the location, while two other adults were taken to a nearby hospital and later pronounced dead.
At approximately 10:13 a.m. local time, law enforcement received a distress call and quickly arrived on site a few minutes later. The assailant was neutralized by the police at approximately 10:27 a.m. local time. The only known injury was an officer who suffered cuts from broken glass.
Authorities are currently striving to identify the shooter and comprehend their motive. However, they have not yet been able to establish any association between the shooter and the school at this time.
Covenant School is a Christian private school catering to students from kindergarten up to 6th grade. After the incident, parents were escorted to a reunification center close by, while the students were taken to Woodmont Baptist Church for reunification with their parents.
The Response of Officials
Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) were sent to aid the MNPD. Mayor John Cooper of Nashville expressed condolences and offered support in a statement. The state’s senators, Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty, released statements mourning the tragedy and praising law enforcement.