Nashville, Tennessee: Three children and three adults were killed on Monday morning by a shooter that entered the Covenant Presbyterian Church School. The first call to 911 came in at 10:13 am. By 10:27 am, officers had entered the school, made contact with the shooter, and reported that the shooter was dead.
The three children, all 9-years of age, were identified as Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney.
The adults killed were identified as 60-year-old Katherine Koonce, 61-year-old Cynthia Peak, and 61-year-old Mike Hill.
Police identified the shooter as 28-year-old Audrey Elizabeth Hale, a former student of Covenant. Police also disclosed that Hale identified as transgender and that they suspect that could have been a factor in the motive for the shooting which they described as targeted.
Hale used he/him pronouns and allegedly went by the name "Aiden."
Officers report that they have recovered a manifesto and map detailing Hale's plans.
Surveillance footage of Hale driving into the parking lot and then shooting out the glass of side doors of the building has already been released. The footage additionally shows Hale walking in and out of several rooms and down a hallway.
Hale, who was armed with two rifles and a pistol, is said to have begun shooting whomever crossed her path. Once officers arrived, she is said to have opened fire on them from a second floor window.
One officer was injured by shattered glass.
Covenant School, located at 33 Burton Hills Boulevard, employs 33 teachers in order to maintain a student: teacher ratio of 8:1.
This shooting comes 25 days after Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed into law a bill banning puberty blockers and hormone treatments for minors and banning "adult oriented" entertainment including "male and female impersonators" from public property and limiting them to age-restricted venues.
Additionally, the shooting comes just five days before what is being reported as a "Trans Day of Vengeance" where the Trans Radical Action Network group is expected to join with a D.C.-based Antifa group in order to protest outside of the Supreme Court. One of the promoters of the event states that it is about bringing back the statement, "We're here; we're queer, and we're not going anywhere."
- Comfort and healing for the families and friends impacted by this shooting
- For the truth to be revealed- all of it
- For peace to prevail at the DC event