First on the fox: Republican Tennessee representative. Tim Burchett He called for the transgender shooter’s manifesto at the Presbyterian private school in Nashville to be made public.
“Our young trans people are upset,” Burchett told Fox News Digital in a statement late Monday. “If they don’t get the help they need, they can grow up and have some serious problems, but obviously I don’t think they’ll all grow up to be shooters like this.”
“We need to know what was going through this person’s head, and the statement needs to be made public,” the Tennessee Republican continued.
Authorities said the horrific tragedy that stunned the nation on Monday began when a 28-year-old – identified as a transgender man – entered Covenant School with “assault rifles” and a handgun. Covenant is a small, private Presbyterian school in Nashville with students ranging from preschool through sixth grade.
Three children and three adults, including the school principal, were killed in the attack. The shooter, Audrey Elizabeth Hill, of Nashville, was killed by police.
Nashville Police Chief John Drake said Hill appeared to prepare to shoot, noting that investigators found a written statement.
“We also determined that there were maps drawn of the school detailing the observation entry points. At one time she was a student at that school,” he said. “There was a car nearby that gave us a clue as to who it was.”
Police say the shooter entered the building through a side door and fired two shots before moving to the second floor, where Hill was confronted by responding officers. The authorities said they did not believe she was wearing any body armor.
Police said a search of the Honda Fit that Hill drove to the school campus turned up “additional items”. Hill also allegedly fired at police responding cars from a second-floor window.
Hill was armed with two ARs, including a shotgun, a handgun, and a pistol. Drake said two of the guns may have been purchased legally in the Nashville area. Detectives were investigating a possible motive theory but did not reveal any details.
Officials at the medical center say three young students have been taken to Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Vanderbilt with gunshot wounds. The three were declared dead after their arrival. It was also announced that three adults died after the attack. All three were employees of the school.
Police have identified the victims as Evelyn Deco, Haley Scroggs, 9-year-old William Kenny, 61-year-old Cynthia Beck, 60-year-old Kathryn Consey and 61-year-old Mike Hill. Konsi was the principal of the school at Covenant, according to the school’s website.
Covenant School is a private Christian institution for students through sixth grade, according to its website.
Anders Hagström and Louis Cassiano of Fox News Digital contributed reporting.