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Senator Josh Hawley Announces that Nashville Shooting Should be Investigated as Hate Crime

Josh Hawley, a senator from Missouri, reportedly stated on Tuesday that the shooting that took place at a Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee, and resulted in the deaths of three children and three adults should be investigated as a hate crime.

On Monday, a lone shooter opened fire at The Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee, murdering six people in the course of his attack.

Audrey Elizabeth Hale, a transgender woman of 28 years old who identified as a resident of Nashville, was recognized by the police as the gunman.

The residence that was associated with her was the subject of an investigation.

Hale may have been prepared for the shooting ahead of time, preparation which included having written a manifesto, according to Chief John Drake of the Nashville Police Department.

Police have named the victims as Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney, all of whom were 9 years old; Cynthia Peak, 61; Katherine Koonce, 60; and Mike Hill, 61 years old.

All of the fatalities were children.

According to the website for the school, Koonce formerly served as the dean of school at Covenant.

According to the information provided on its website, the Covenant School is a private Christian school that educates kids from preschool all the way through sixth grade.

Hale was seen on surveillance video that was made public by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department shooting her way into the church/school via a pair of glass doors that were located at a side entrance of the facility.

A full investigation into the shooting is currently underway and reportedly involves a number of government agencies.

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