Another school shooting occurred on Monday — this time at Nashville Christian Covenant Elementary School.
Though there are conflicting reports, the female shooter apparently killed six people, including three children. The school has a student body of approximately 210.
The shooter was reportedly fatally shot by responding police officers.
President Joe Biden addressed the nation to express condolences to the families impacted by the massacre. He also took the opportunity to address the need for tighter gun control measures.
Conservatives responded to Biden’s comments by criticizing the president for politicizing the horrific event. Many across the political spectrum criticized the president for joking about ice cream before sharing his remarks on the solemn occasion.
A female employee at an office complex across the street from the school told reporters with CNN what she saw.
Jozen Reodica told the outlet that seeing several speeding police vehicles proceeding to the school caught her attention. Reodica reported she “feared the worst” after seeing dozens of official vehicles in the parking lot of the Covenant school.
“It all happened so fast,” she told the outlet while commending the police for quickly cordoning off streets in the area. She noted seeing frightened children being led out of class areas by police.
Several have posted pictures of lines of children being escorted to safe areas — many holding hands. Officials arranged for busses to transport children to Woodmont Baptist Church, about two miles away, where they were reunited with their parents.
Initial reports note that a 28-year-old female, a former student, carried out the shooting. At this time the reports are unconfirmed, and officials have not shared information regarding a motive.
Reportedly, the first shots were fired at about 10:13 a.m. Police used lethal force to stop the assailant, who carried two assault-style rifles and a handgun, at 10:27 a.m. The encounter with officers occurred on the second floor of the school.
Law enforcement’s quick response likely saved many lives.
Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake told NBC News it was not clear how the shooter gained access to the school.
“[It appears the assailant entered a side door] though all doors were locked…How exactly she got in, at this point, is still under investigation,” Drake said.
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