Celebs React To Nashville School Shooting Killing 3 Children, 3 Adults 


By Melissa Romualdi with files from JONATHAN MATTISE and TRAVIS LOLLER , The Associated Press.

A female shooter wielding two “assault-style” rifles and a pistol killed three students and three adults at a private Christian school in Nashville on Monday in what marks the latest in a series of mass shootings in the U.S.

The suspect also died after being shot by police following the violence at The Covenant School, a Presbyterian school for about 200 students from preschool through sixth grade. Police said the shooter was a 28-year-old woman from Nashville, after initially saying she appeared to be in her teens. Authorities were working to identify her and whether she had a connection to the school.

President Joe Biden called on Congress again to pass his assault weapons ban in the wake of the Nashville shooting.

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“It’s heartbreaking, a family’s worst nightmare,” he said.

First lady Jill Biden also spoke about the slayings on Monday.

“I am truly without words. And our children deserve better,” she said during a National League of Cities conference in Washington. “We stand – all of us, we stand – with Nashville in prayer.”

The Mayor of Nashville, John Cooper, also released a statement on Twitter, writing in part: “In a tragic morning, Nashville joined the dreaded, long list of communities to experience a school shooting. My heart goes out to the families of the victims. Our entire city stands with you.”

Several celebrities, some of whom have special ties to Nashville, have also reacted to the heartbreaking news on social media.

Meanwhile, some celebs, who have children of their own, reacted to the “horrific” news by “praying for the families whose baby won’t be coming home from school today” and by demanding stricter regulations from politicians to ensure schools can return to being a “safe haven” for children.

Photo: Instagram/ Shawn Johnson
Photo: Instagram/ Shawn Johnson
Photo: Instagram/ Shawn Johnson
Photo: Instagram/ Shawn Johnson

The tragedy unfolded over roughly 14 minutes. Police received the initial call about an active shooter at 10:13 a.m., who entered the school through the side entrance and moved from the first floor to the second, according to police spokesperson Don Aaron.

Officers began clearing the first story of the school when they heard gunshots coming from the second level, Aaron said during a news briefing.

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Two officers from a five-member team opened fire in response, fatally shooting the suspect at 10:27 a.m., Aaron said. He said there were no police officers present or assigned to the school at the time of the shooting because it is a church-run school.

The Covenant School’s victims were pronounced dead at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The three adults killed were staff members, and all three deceased children had gunshot wounds, Aaron revealed.

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