NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Three children, three adults and the female suspect were killed in a shooting at a school in the Nashville neighborhood of Green Hills on Monday morning.

Metro Nashville Police confirmed all three children were nine years old, identifying them as Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney. Authorities also identified the staff members as Mike Hill and Cynthia Peak, both 61 years old and Dr. Katherine Koonce, 60.

The Nashville Fire Department said the shooting happened at The Covenant School, a private Christian school with an enrollment of 209 students from preschool to sixth grade. It was initially reported as an “active shooter” incident at 10:13 a.m., Nashville Police spokesperson Don Aaron said.

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Police reported that two officers entered the building, ran toward the sound of gunfire, met the shooter on the second floor of the school, and fatally shot her.

The shooter has been identified as 28-year-old Audrey Hale, a Nashville woman who identifies as a transgender woman. Hale was reportedly armed with two assault-style rifles and one handgun.

Police revealed that Hale entered the building by shooting out the glass of the doors. They released photos Monday night, showing a bullet hole in a squad car windshield, along with the windows shot out from the second story of the school.

According to the police, Hale fired shots at arriving officers from the second floor.

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  • windows shattered on the second floor 2
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  • Cruiser hit with bullet

By 10:27 a.m. police said the shooter was deceased. MNPD Chief John Drake said Hale attended Covenant School at one time. Drake also said the shooting was a targeted attack and said gender ID could play a role.

One police officer sustained a hand injury from broken glass. There were no additional injuries.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are assisting Metro police in the investigation.

A reunification area was established at the nearby Woodmont Baptist Church for parents to meet their children who attend The Covenant School, the fire department said. Some students could be seen walking to safety Monday, holding hands as they left their school surrounded by police cars, to the nearby church.

Police said investigators have also identified Hale’s address. When investigators searched the home, they found multiple documents, including detailed maps of the layout of Covenant School.

After 7 p.m., police revealed Hale drove a Honda Fit to the school parking lot and parked on the property before entering the school. Detectives searched the vehicle and found “additional material written by Hale.”

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The Honda that police believe belonged to Audrey Hale, the shooter at The Covenant School. (Courtesy of the Metro Nashville Police Department)

The Covenant School was founded as a ministry of Covenant Presbyterian Church in 2001, according to the school’s website. The school is located in the affluent Green Hill neighborhood just south of downtown Nashville, situated close to the city’s top universities and home to the famed Bluebird Café – a beloved spot for musicians and songwriters.

The grade school has 33 teachers, the website said. The school’s website features the motto “Shepherding Hearts, Empowering Minds, Celebrating Childhood.”

The Red Cross said they are “providing disaster mental health workers, spiritual care workers, water and snacks at this time.”