“I plan to die today”
AOn her website, the shooter wrote about herself that there is “a childish part of me that loves to run to the playground”. Among the work samples of the freelance illustrator and graphic designer are many drawings for children’s books. On a picture of a swing, she wrote: “To remain a child forever and ever”. Then on Monday, the 28-year-old woman shot and killed six people at a Christian elementary school in Nashville, among them three children aged nine. The motive has not yet been clarified. According to the police, however, the attacker also attended this school in the past. A detailed map of the attack and a manifesto were found in her car. The attacker was “prepared for a confrontation” with the police and prepared to “do more harm”.
Footage from surveillance cameras that has since been released shows how the attacker fired at a glass door shortly after 10 a.m. and thus gained access to the building. She was wearing camouflage pants, Vans, a baggy white t-shirt, and a red cap that was turned upside down on her head. In a first statement, the police spoke of a teenager. She had one of the semi-automatic rifles at the ready, the second slung over her shoulder, and according to the police, she also carried a lot of ammunition and a pistol.
17 minutes after the gunman entered the building, she was shot dead by two police officers. Previously, she had fired from the first floor at the arriving emergency vehicles. The six dead are nine, 60 and 61 years old, including the daughter of the pastor of the associated Covenant Presbyterian Church and the headmistress. The private Christian school has about 200 students from preschool through sixth grade, according to the website. The ABC broadcaster, citing neighbors of the shooter’s parents in Nashville, reported that their family was “very nice” and “very religious”. The mother asked for privacy in an interview with ABC. “I think I lost my daughter today.”
gender identity unclear
So far, there has been a lack of clarity about the gender identity of the perpetrator. The mother and law enforcement officials say it was a female, but police also said it was a trans person. News and social media appearances also indicate that the attacker herself had identified as a man in the recent past. On the Linkedin profile assigned to her, the pronouns “he/him” are given. According to a police photo, one of the weapons had the male name Aiden written on it – which the attacker had also used in a recent message to a friend. Some Republicans on the party’s right flank use this directly to attack transgender people. So wrote the congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted Monday: “How many hormones like testosterone and mental health medications has the transgender gunman in Nashville been taking? Now everyone can stop blaming guns.”