Nashville: Shooting incident in Nashville has left at least six people dead, including three children, and sparked outrage across the United States.
The perpetrator of the attack was identified as Audrey Hale, a 28-year-old transgender former student of the Nashville school. The incident, which took place at a church-owned school, is being described as targeted and is the deadliest shooting in nearly a year.
According to the police, the shooter was armed with three guns and had detailed maps of the school, including surveillance and entry points. The attack lasted for around 14 minutes, during which time the shooter gunned down a 28-year-old former student before being shot and killed by the police.
Police believe that the shooter may have intended to target another location in Nashville, but refrained after a threat assessment. The motivation behind the attack is still being investigated, with police taking into account the suspect’s father in the probe.
The shooting has sparked a debate on gun safety laws in the US, with President Joe Biden calling for tighter gun control measures. Speaking at a press conference, he described the shooting as “sick” and “heartbreaking”, and urged Congress to act to prevent gun violence.
“We have to do more to stop gun violence,” he said. “It’s ripping our communities apart, ripping the soul of this nation, ripping at the very soul of the nation.”
Biden also called for the reintroduction of the assault weapons ban, saying that it was time for progress to be made in the fight against gun violence.
The shooting has shocked the nation, and there are calls for greater measures to be taken to ensure that schools are safe places for students to learn. Biden called for schools to be protected so that they are not turned into prisons.
The Nashville shooting has once again brought the issue of gun violence to the forefront of the national debate, and there are hopes that meaningful action will be taken to prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future.