Two Nashville anchors broke down in tears on Monday while covering Deadly mass shooting At a local Christian school.
During the broadcast, WSMV’s Holly Thompson appeared visibly shaken as she reported the deaths of three children.
“My heart aches right now,” Thompson said as her voice cracked. “Thoughts and prayers for these families.”
Assistant anchor Amanda Hara consoled Thompson by gently grabbing her arm and briefly grabbing the broadcast before handing it to reporter Michael Warrick.
Later, Thompson returned the kind gesture and reassured Hara after the channel aired an emotional interview with a worried mother at the scene of the tragedy.
Hara stated that they used to hear their parents asking for information about the tragedy and the fate of their children.
“There are so many questions and people want to know,” Hara said before breaking into tears. Then Thompson gently tapped her arm and continued covering.
Earlier in the coverage, Hara held back tears when she revealed that she was getting letters from her child’s school, which was closed as a precaution. Thompson tried to console her when Hara said she was working with security to ensure the safety of her children.
The shooting at Covenant School, a private Christian elementary school in Tennessee, left three students and three adults dead, including the principal. Authorities said the shooter was killed by police.
The shooter has been identified as Audrey Elizabeth Hale A resident of Nashville, she is a biological woman who identifies as a transgender man
The police identified the victims Like Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney, all 9, Cynthia Peak, 61, Katherine Koonce, 60, and Mike Hill, 61. According to the school’s website, Konsi was the headmaster of the school in Covenant.
On Monday, the FBI released data on active shootings for 2021. The agency said there were 61 such incidents that year, all but one perpetrated by a male. The FBI said the number of shootings increased by 50% over 2020.
Fox News’ Anders Hagström and Luis Cassiano contributed to this report.