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3 students, 3 adults killed in Nashville school shooting

3 students, 3 adults killed in Nashville school shooting
Posted at 12:06 PM, Mar 27, 2023

A woman shot and killed six people at a private school in Tennessee on Monday, March 27, 2023. The woman was later shot dead by law enforcement officers.

According to the Nashville Police Department, the six victims include three students and three staff members at The Covenant School.

The three students were nine years old; police identified the children as Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney. The three staff members killed were Cynthia Peak, 61 years old; Katherine Koonce, 60; and Mike Hill 62.

An active shooter was first reported at 10:13 a.m. Don Aaron, a spokesman for the Metro Nashville Police Department, said a five-member team arrived at the scene minutes later.

They reportedly heard gunshots come from the second level of the school. Two MNPD officers who entered the building and went to the sounds of gunfire engaged the shooter on the second floor and fatally shot her.

Aaron said, "We know at this point that this shooter is a female. She had two assault rifles and a handgun. She entered the school through a side entrance and went from the first school to the second floor. By 10:27 a.m., the shooter was dead."

The shooter has been identified as 28-year old Audrey Hale of Nashville. Police say she was a former student at the school. A motive has not yet been determined.

Police found maps of the school inside Hale's home, and also what they said is a "manifesto." Hale had also written down an additional location, which police are also investigating.

Five other people were wounded: three children and two adults.

The private Christian school reportedly has video that the police department will be reviewing.

A reunification area for families has been established at the Woodmont Baptist Church, the fire department stated on Twitter.


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