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Nashville Christian school shooter and victims identified

Nashville School Shooting
A police officer walks by an entrance to The Covenant School after a shooting in Nashville, Tenn. on Monday, March 27, 2023. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Nashville, TN— Investigators have identified the woman who opened fire at a private Christian school Monday as 28-year-old Audrey Hale of Nashville.
Authorities say Hale is a former student of the school and at least one report stated that she identified as transgender.
“At one point she was a student at that school,” Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake told reporters hours after the shooting at The Covenant School. “But unsure what year … but that’s what I’ve been told so far.”
Armed with two “assault-style rifles and a handgun,” Hale gained access to the school through a side door around 10:15 a.m. She then proceeded to open fire on those who were inside when she reached the second floor.

Three adults and three children were killed in the shooting.

Authorities have identified the victims as 9-year-old Evelyn Dieckhaus, 9-year-old Hallie Scruggs, 9-year-old William Kinney, 61-year-old  Cynthia Peak, 60-year-old Katherine Koonce, and 61-year-old Mike Hill.

Five police officers encountered Hale on the second floor of the school where she was killed when two of the officers opened fire.
According to the report, officials were able to identify Hale after finding her car parked near the school.

Officials reported that Hale had several hand-drawn maps of the school.
Authorities are currently combing through Hale’s home.