Nashville police fatally shoot woman who killed 3 students, 3 staff at Christian school

Nashville school shooting School buses with children arrive at Woodmont Baptist Church to be reunited with their families after a mass shooting at The Covenant School on March 27, 2023, in Nashville, Tennessee. According to initial reports, three students and three adults were killed by the shooter, a 28-year-old woman. The shooter was killed by police responding to the scene. | Credit: Seth Herald/Getty Images

Nashville police fatally shot a school shooter on Monday after the suspect killed three students and three adult staff members at The Covenant School, a private Christian school for students in preschool through sixth grade. 

According to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD), the shooter was a 28-year-old woman. The police believe the woman was a former student, the Associated Press reported, and said she was from the Nashville area. The police department has not yet released more information about a possible motive. 

“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,” MNPD announced in a tweet.

Police received calls about the shooter Monday shortly after 10 a.m. The six patients were taken to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead on arrival, according to the Associated Press. 

Students who survived the attack were bused to Woodmont Baptist Church, where they could reunite with their parents. 

Nashville Mayor John Cooper tweeted his condolences to the families affected by the school shooting. 

“In a tragic morning, Nashville joined the dreaded, long list of communities to experience a school shooting,” Cooper said. “My heart goes out to the families of the victims. Our entire city stands with you. As facts continue to emerge, I thank our first responders and medical professionals.”

This story was updated at 3:51 p.m. ET.

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