The assailant was identified as a former student.


Federal and local investigators in Nashville were working on Tuesday to piece together clues about the actions and motives of the shooter who killed three students and three adults at a private school before being shot dead by the police.

The assailant who opened fire at the Christian elementary school in Nashville on Monday was identified by officials as Audrey E. Hale, a 28-year-old former student who lived in the area.

The Nashville police chief, John Drake, said on Monday that the attack was targeted, rather than random, but that it was too early to discuss a possible motive. Local and federal investigators working on the case were reviewing writings and had made contact with the shooter’s father, Chief Drake said.

The school, called the Covenant School, is in the wealthy Green Hills neighborhood of Nashville, a few miles south of downtown, and enrolls about 200 students in preschool through sixth grade. The attack on Monday was the 13th school shooting in the United States this year that resulted in injury or death, according to Education Week.



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