Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney, all 9 years of age, were recognized by Nashville authorities as the youngsters. As per law enforcement, Cynthia Peak, 61, Mike Hill, 61, and Katherine Koonce, 60, who served as the school’s leader, were recognized as the deceased grown-ups.
According to investigators, Hill worked as a custodian while Peak served as a substitute teacher.
As per law enforcement, the perpetrator was gunned down and fatally wounded by the authorities in a reception area on the upper level of the educational institution approximately 14 minutes following the emergency call being made.
The police spokesperson later told ABC News that more details about the shooter, who was identified as transgender and female, would be provided immediately. It was also mentioned that the shooter’s social media account, which was linked to the shooter, included the use of pronouns he/him.
Drake also mentioned that authorities believe the perpetrator was a previous student.
According to officials, no individuals who were shot managed to survive.
Drake expressed that he “was truly emotionally affected to witness” the young students being “guided out of the establishment.”
According to investigators, the suspect was armed with at least two legally acquired weapons. According to officials, the suspect had at least two handguns and assault-style rifles.
As per the chief, it seems that the shooting was a deliberate assault, and as per Drake, the perpetrator possessed a blueprint “detailing the entire incident” and various manuscripts.
Authorities stated that the individual reportedly gained access to the school via a lateral entry point and proceeded from the ground level to the upper level, discharging several rounds. According to officials, all entryways were secured, and it is alleged that the suspect fired shots through a closed door.
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The shooting was reported at 10:13 a.M. And the perpetrator was deceased by 10:27 a.M., According to law enforcement.
Drake stated that authorities have now attended to the suspect’s residence, and the suspect was recognized with the assistance of a vehicle discovered close to the school. Nashville police disclosed images of the three firearms that Hale possessed during the assault on Monday evening.
The families of the staff said they were shocked by the violence that had occurred. Students were reunited with concerned parents throughout the afternoon and day.
Alex was informed by his mother, who works at the front desk of his school, that his car was parked in a safe place when she got there and she was staying vigilant. Live News ABC reported this.
“She exited her vehicle, heard the gunshots, so she escaped,” he stated.
Authorities stated that the educational institution accommodates approximately 209 pupils and around 40 to 50 faculty personnel. According to law enforcement, the school lacks a designated officer responsible for ensuring safety and security on campus.
President Joe Biden described the shooting as “the most devastating nightmare for a family.”
“Congress once again urged the president to enact a ban on assault weapons, emphasizing the need to take further steps towards meaningful progress.”
On Monday, Jill Biden, the First Lady, conveyed her deep amazement, declaring, “I am truly at a loss for words. Our children deserve a superior standard of living.”
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee posted on Twitter that he is “carefully observing the distressing circumstance.”
“Please come together with us in offering prayers for the school, congregation, and Nashville community,” Lee expressed.
The first responders expressed their gratitude to Mayor John Nashville for his quick action and called on the residents of Nashville to come together and lend a helping hand.
“In this gloomy time, let us stand by one another,” he expressed during a press briefing.