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A heavily armed shooter allegedly entered a Christian elementary school in Nashville Monday morning and fatally shot six people.

Police identified the victims as Evelyn Dieckhaus, William Kinney and Hallie Scruggs, all of them age 9, and Mike Hill, 61, Katherine Koonce, 60, and Cynthia Peak, 61. The Tennessean said Koonce was the school's headmaster.

Three children and two adults were taken to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt with gunshot wounds, and all five were pronounced dead there, said Craig Boerner, spokesperson for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The sixth victim was not taken to the hospital, Aaron said. Police did not provide the victims' ages.

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The shooter was armed with at least two "assault-type rifles" and a handgun, Aaron said. Officials were in the process of identifying the shooter and the victims, he said.

"This is the ultimate crime, when schoolchildren and caregivers are the victims of senseless gun violence," Glenn Funk, Davidson County District Attorney General, said in a news conference.

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  1. It sad and devastating how long the families and children victims suffer this kind of evils while the politicians will debate what to do.our forefathers may not have imagined such things can happen in the World’s top most Democracy.

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