Multiple children killed in Tennessee school shooting, gunman dead


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At least three children and three adult staff members were killed Monday after a gunman opened fire at a Tennessee Christian elementary school, according to officials. The gunman was killed by police.

Nashville Metro Police said the shooting suspect was a 28-year-old transgender woman who previously attended the school. They say she was armed with two assault-type rifles and a handgun that she used to kill the six victims.

“[Three] pediatric patients were transported to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, all having suffered gunshot wounds. All three were pronounced dead after arrival,” John Howser, Chief Communications Officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said in a statement.

The Metro Nashville Police Department said the “active shooter” situation took place at Covenant School at the Covenant Presbyterian Church.

The school is for students preschool through sixth grade.

The total number of victims has not been made available, but at least one other person has been hospitalized, according to a Vanderbilt University Medical Center spokesperson.