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7 People Now Confirmed Dead, Police Identify Kids, All Age 9, And Adults In Nashville Shooting



Seven people were killed, including three children, after a shooter opened fire inside a private Christian elementary school in Nashville on Monday. The victims were identified as Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney, all 8 or 9 years old, and adults Cynthia Peak, 61; Katherine Koonce, 60; and Mike Hill, 61.

The shooter, who was killed by police, was armed with two “assault-style” weapons, as well as a handgun, authorities said. At least two of them were believed to have been obtained legally in the Nashville area.

The suspect is believed to be a former student at The Covenant School in Nashville, where the shooting took place.

The attack at The Covenant School comes as communities around the nation are reeling from a spate of school violence, including the massacre at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, last year; a first grader who shot his teacher in Virginia; and a shooting last week in Denver that wounded two administrators.

The Covenant School is located in the affluent Green Hills neighborhood and focuses its curriculum on biblical theology. It teaches students in pre-K through 6th grade and has about 200 students enrolled, according to the school website.

President Joe Biden called the shooting a “family’s worst nightmare” and called the shooting “heartbreaking.”

The president said he remains committed to gun reform efforts and implored Congress again to pass a ban on certain semi-automatic weapons.

“We have to do more to stop gun violence,” Biden said at a Small Business Administration event Monday afternoon. “It’s ripping our communities apart. It’s ripping at the soul of this nation.”


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