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Nashville shooter was receiving treatment for emotional disorder

Students from a nearby school pay respects at a memorial for the six people who were shot and killed at The Covenant School Tuesday in Nashville. Associated Press/Photo by John Amis

Nashville shooter was receiving treatment for emotional disorder

Nashville Police Chief John Drake on Tuesday said the 28-year-old former student who shot and killed three children and three adults at The Covenant School on Monday had been receiving mental health treatment. Police say Audrey Hale legally purchased seven firearms but hid them from her parents, with whom she lived. Her motive for the shooting is still unknown, but police say she likely did not target specific people inside the school.

How has the community been mourning the event? Area residents, students from nearby schools, and friends of those who lost loved ones have gathered at several vigils throughout the city since Monday. Six white crosses with the victims’ names have been placed at the front of the school, and mourners have placed flowers, notes, stuffed animals, and candles at the growing memorial. Several fundraisers have also been established to benefit the families and church.

Dig deeper: Read my report from Nashville about how the community is mourning and seeking God amid this tragedy.

Lauren Canterberry

Lauren Canterberry is a reporter for WORLD. She graduated from the World Journalism Institute and the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism, both in 2017. She worked as a local reporter in Texas and now lives in Georgia with her husband.

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