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On Monday, US President Joe Biden expressed his concern over the school shooting at Covenant School in Nashville, which claimed the lives of six people, including three children. He called it “sick” and emphasized that the US needs to take stronger action against gun violence. Biden highlighted that such incidents are ripping apart communities and the soul of the nation. He also urged Congress to pass an assault weapons ban, pointing out that the shooter in Nashville reportedly had two assault weapons and a pistol.
While addressing the Small Business Administration Women’s Business Summit, Biden expressed his sadness over the incident and noted that the facts are still being gathered. He praised the police for responding within minutes to end the danger, and said that the country needs to protect schools so that they do not become like prisons.
The shooter, identified as Audrey Hale, was a 28-year-old Nashville resident, according to Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake. The victims of the shooting included three 9-year-old students, as well as three adults. The shooter had detailed maps of Covenant School and entered the school by shooting through one of the doors. The suspect was once a student at the school, according to initial findings from police.
In a press conference, Drake explained that the shooter was armed with three firearms and had drawn detailed maps of the school, including entry points and surveillance. The Metro Nashville Police Department identified the six victims as Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, William Kinney, Cynthia Peak, Katherine Koonce, and Mike Hill. The incident has once again brought the issue of gun violence and the need for stronger gun control measures to the forefront in the US.