Photo essay: Nashville reels after six killed in Monday school shooting
In Nashville, Rev. Ingrid McIntyre hugs a mourner during a Monday night vigil for shooting victims at Belmont Methodist Church. (Photo: John Partipilo)
A beautiful spring morning devolved into chaos Monday, as emergency vehicles sped to the scene of a mass shooting at Covenant School in the Green Hills part of Nashville. Area schools, public and private, went on lockdown and frantic parents tried to reach their children. A shooter killed six at Covenant, including three children attending the K-6 private school, and three staff members. Photojournalist John Partipilo has documented the week’s events and shares images of parents picking their children up from a private school near Covenant on Monday, to area residents weeping at the first of several vigils, to mothers outraged by a lack of legislation action on gun safety.
A Monday tragedy
The first vigil for community members was held Monday night at Belmont Methodist Church, and drew over 200 mourners. Several vigils are scheduled through the week, including one at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at which First Lady Jill Biden is scheduled to attend.
About 400 Tennesseans, including several women whose children lost their lives to gun violence, gathered Tuesday afternoon outside the Cordell Hull Legislative Building to urge Tennessee legislators to pass gun safety bills and to drop bills that would make guns easier to obtain. No Republican lawmakers attended.
Moms Demand Action protests at Capitol
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