On Monday morning, a woman who was a former student at a private Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee, opened fire causing a tragic and devastating loss of life. Three 9-year-olds and three staff members were killed in the shooting, and a further seven were injured.
Actress and mother of three Melissa Joan Hart, who lives in Nashville, shared an emotional Instagram video on Tuesday in which she recounted how she and her husband Mark Wilkerson had been on their way to school for conferences when they encountered the aftermath of the shooting.
“My husband and I were on our way to school for conferences. Luckily our kids weren’t in today,” Hart said. “We helped a class of Kindergartners across a busy highway. They were climbing out of the woods, they were trying to escape a shooter situation at their school. So we helped these tiny little kids cross the road and get their teachers over there.”
Hart also revealed that this was not the first time her family had experienced a school shooting, as they had also been living in Connecticut at the time of the Sandy Hook shooting.
“We moved here from Connecticut where we were in school a little ways down from Sandy Hook, so this is our second experience with a school shooting with our kids being in close proximity,” Hart said. “Luckily we are all okay.”
The shooter, identified as 28-year-old Audrey Hale, was killed by police during the incident. Police said Hale had two “assault-type rifles” and one pistol.
The victims have been identified as Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, William Kinney, all 9, and Katherine Koonce, 60, and Mike Hill and Cynthia Peak, both 61.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, ViVE, and VictimsFirst have set up GoFundMe pages to help raise money for the families of the victims.
Hart concluded her video by saying, “We helped a mom reunite with her children and I just … I don’t know what to say. Enough is enough. Just pray, pray for the families.”
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