''Update 2:05 p.m. EST March 27:
A shooter is dead Monday after she killed six people — three students and three school staff members — at a private Christian grade school in Nashville, authorities said.
Police identified the woman who shot and killed six people Monday at The Covenant School as a 28-year-old Nashville woman.
Officials did not immediately release the woman’s name. It was not clear whether she had connections to the private grade school.
The woman died when two police shot at her as she was firing bullets on the second floor of The Covenant School, Don Aaron of the Metro Nashville Police Department said.''
Fire officials tried to shield kids ‘from seeing exactly what was going on’ after shootingUpdate 1:45 p.m. EST March 27:
Kendra Loney of the Nashville Fire Department said mental health specialists would be available for students and families following the deadly shooting at The Covenant School.
Loney said fire officials swept the building looking for survivors on Monday morning. They transported three children and two adults from the scene.
“All of the remaining students were able to be escorted out of the building with faculty and staff,” Loney said. “We’re not sure about the processes that they had in place, but we were on scene to help them mitigate anyone from seeing exactly what else was going on, but we’re sure that they heard the chaos that was surrounding this.”
Fire officials set up a reunification center for students and their families. They said they transported more than 100 students and staff members to the center.
Authorities working to identify female shooter, 6 victimsUpdate 1:40 p.m. EDT March 27:
Don Aaron of the Metro Nashville Police Department said authorities were working to identify the shooter and the six people killed at The Covenant School on Monday.
The shooter got into the school through a side entrance and fired several shots as she moved from the first to the second floor, Aaron said. She was confronted by five police officers as she was firing shots on the second floor, he said. Two of the officers opened fire, killing her.
“She appears to be in her teens, although her identification has not been confirmed at this juncture,” Aaron said at a news conference. “We know that she was armed with at least two assault-type rifles and a handgun.”