The Nashville shooting that left three children and three adults dead on Tuesday is the 129th mass shooting in just the first three months of this year. President Biden called it “heartbreaking” and “a family’s worst nightmare, adding that his administration’s top priority is to end gun violence.
“We have to do more to stop gun violence,” said President Biden. “It’s ripping our communities apart, ripping at the very soul of our nation.”
The Metro Nashville Police Department identified the children as Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs and William Kinney, all 9 years old. The adult victims are Cynthia Peak, 61, Katherine Koonce, 60, and Mike Hill, 61.
President Biden renewed his call for Congress to pass an assault weapons ban. The identified shooter, 28-year-old Audrey Hale, was armed with two assault rifles and a pistol. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre echoed the president’s words, saying the White House is demanding that Congress act now.