Headline RoundupMarch 28th, 2023

At Least 7 Dead in Nashville Elementary School Shooting

Summary from the AllSides News Team

A shooter killed at least three children and three adults at the Covenant School, a private Christian elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday.

The Details: Police identified the shooter as 28-year-old Nashville resident Audrey Hale, a former student of the school. Hale died after being shot by police. Nashville Police Chief John Drake said the shooter may have held "some resentment" toward the school, and that they left behind a manifesto and other writings pertaining to the attack. Drake also said officials feel that Hale "identifies as trans, but we’re still in the initial investigation into all of that and if it actually played a role into this incident." Police said Hale carried two "assault-type rifles" and a handgun. Authorities released surveillance footage of the event on Tuesday. 

For Context: This is the 129th U.S. mass shooting (with a minimum of four victims shot, not including the shooter) in 2023, according to the Gun Violence Archive — and the 13th school shooting this year, according to Education Week’s (Center bias) tracker. 

How the Media Covered It: Coverage was prominently featured across the spectrum into Tuesday afternoon. Some headlines from the right emphasized that the shooter was transgender. Others highlighted that the shooting occurred at a private school; a New York Post (Lean Right bias) homepage tagline read, “PRIVATE SCHOOL KILLER.” Updated 3/28/23 at 4:08 p.m. with more details and to correct possible mischaracterization of the shooter's gender identity.

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