Nashville, TN - A heavily armed woman killed three children and three adults at a private Christian school in Nashville on Tuesday morning. According to police, the woman was armed with two "assault-type rifles" and a handgun.
The shooting took place at around 9 am local time at the Crossroads Academy on Antioch Pike. The suspect entered the school grounds and opened fire on students and staff members before fleeing the scene.
Police arrived within minutes of receiving reports of an active shooter situation. They found multiple victims inside the building, including six fatalities. Three children and three adults were pronounced dead at the scene.
The identity of the shooter has not been released by authorities as they continue their investigation into what led to this senseless act of violence. The motive for the attack remains unknown.
"We are devastated by this tragic event," said Mayor John Cooper in a statement to reporters outside the school. "Our hearts go out to all those affected by this horrific act."
The shooting is one of several recent acts of gun violence across America that have reignited debate over gun control laws. Advocates for stricter regulations argue that such incidents highlight the need for stronger measures to keep firearms out of dangerous hands.
Meanwhile, opponents say that new restrictions would infringe upon Second Amendment rights guaranteed under US law.
In response to Tuesday's shooting, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued a statement condemning "the evil actions" of those responsible for taking innocent lives.
"Our state grieves with these families tonight," he said. "We offer our prayers and condolences during this difficult time."