Woman shoots six people in elementary school
BThree nine-year-old children and three adults were killed in a gun attack at an elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday. According to the police, the attacker is a 28-year-old woman who opened fire in the Christian private school in the morning. First of all, a teenager was mentioned. The shooter was armed with two semi-automatic weapons and a pistol.
The Nashville woman, who was identified by name at the time, left a manifest and a card, police said. On this she “painted how it was all supposed to work,” Nashville Police Chief John Drake said at a press conference. It also included details such as the surveillance cameras. The school that she herself had attended at one time was the perpetrator’s only target. You’ve already spoken to her father.
Five officers caught the attacker on the first floor of the school and finally shot her. It is not yet clear whether the woman had managed to break into the classrooms beforehand. According to the police, she had fired at a side entrance and thus gained access to the building; all doors were locked. Inside, she had shot a few victims on the way up to the first floor. According to the police, the recordings of surveillance cameras in the building should also be published in the next few days.
One of the dead is the headmistress
According to the website, the Covenant School has about two hundred students from preschool through sixth grade, i.e. between the ages of four and twelve, and 33 teachers. Police late in the afternoon identified the victims as three nine-year-old children, a sixty-year-old woman and a 61-year-old woman, and a 61-year-old man. The younger of the two women was the headmistress.
The gender of the attacker is unusual. According to data from the Washington Post, there have been 376 gun attacks in schools since 1999 – but in only 12 cases were the perpetrators female or a woman was involved. The attacker apparently worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer in Nashville. Drawings for children’s books are among the work samples on a website under her name. The LinkedIn profile, which is attributed to her but whose authenticity has not been confirmed, uses the pronouns “he/him”. This could indicate that the person was trans.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre sharply criticized congressional Republicans after the attack in Nashville. “Enough is enough,” said Jean-Pierre in Washington. “How many more children have to be murdered before Congressional Republicans act to ban assault weapons, close loopholes on background checks and require gun safekeeping?” Something had to be done. President Joe Biden said the deaths of six people, including three elementary school children, were “sick” and “a family’s worst nightmare.” He reiterated his calls for a ban on assault weapons. Reacting to the events in Nashville on Monday afternoon, First Lady Jill Biden said that American children “deserve better”.
MP post with guns
Last summer, Congress passed the first tightening of gun laws in decades. However, the law fell far short of Joe Biden’s original demands. Among other things, it provides for a stricter background check for gun buyers under the age of 21 and financial support for states that implement the so-called red flag laws. These allow people who pose a danger to themselves or others to have their weapons taken away. But many Republicans oppose a blanket ban on assault weapons.
House Representative for the school district, Republican Andy Ogles, wrote on Facebook Monday that his thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. However, in 2021, at Christmas, he shared a family photo on Facebook showing himself, his wife and two of their three children with guns in hand. He wrote at the time: “The atmosphere of guns everywhere” keeps evil away. “They deserve a place of honor in all that is good.” Critics on social media lamented hypocrisy on Monday, as Ogles expressed shock at the school attack.
Gun attacks in schools are not uncommon in the United States. Many schools have elaborate security concepts to ward off such attacks. In one of the worst killing sprees in recent history, a young man shot and killed 19 fourth graders and two teachers at a Texas elementary school last May. For months afterwards, the misconduct of the emergency services was investigated, dozens of whom had stayed in the building for more than an hour without storming the classroom in which the perpetrator had holed himself up with students. After the attack in Nashville on Monday, police emphasized that only 13 minutes had passed between the attacker entering the school at 10:14 am and her death.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 129 serious gun attacks, known as mass shootings, in the United States since the beginning of the year. The website counts attacks with at least four dead or injured, excluding the attacker.