Three children were on Monday killed after a shooter opened fire at a private Christian grade school in Nashville, Tennessee USA.
The suspected shooter was fatally shot by police at Covenant School in the city’s Green Hills neighborhood, authorities said.
The victims have been identified as 9-year-olds Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney.
Three school workers were also killed in the shooting and were identified as 61-year-old Cynthia Peak, 60-year-old Katherine Koonce, and 61-year-old Mike Hill the authorities said.
Police identified the shooter as Audrey Hale, a 28-year-old from Nashville, who officials said was armed with at least two assault weapons and a handgun.
According to police the incident was a targeted attack where their investigation shows that the shooter was a former student of the school.
Police discovered “a manifesto” as well as “maps drawn of the school in detail,” according to Nashville Police Chief John Drake
“We’ve also determined there were maps drawn of the school in detail of surveillance, entry points, etc. We know and believe that entry was gained by shooting through one of the doors, is how they actually got into the school,” Drake said.