The shooter entered The Covenant School for children aged four to 12 around 10am on Monday and began “firing multiple shots”.
She was shot and killed by police roughly 14 minutes after they received a call about an active shooter at 10.13am.
Metropolitan Nashville Police identified the shooter as Audrey Hale, 28, and said she carried out a targeted attack.
The suspect left behind a manifesto that “indicates that there was going to be shootings at multiple locations, and the school was one of them,” Nashville Chief of Police John Drake told NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.
Mr Drake identified the suspect as a woman and referred to the assailant by female pronouns but in response to reporters’ questions, he said: “She does identify as transgender.” Whether the suspect identified as a man or woman was not made clear.
Caused by the violence against transpeople no doubt.