NASHVILLE, Tenn. – WSMV4 has compiled a list of the top stories that captivated the attention of readers throughout 2023, with the most tragic story of the year being The Covenant School shooting.
In late March, a former student opened fire at The Covenant School, resulting in the deaths of three students and three adults. This tragic event prompted a series of legislative meetings, court hearings, and a special session on school safety in Tennessee.
The shooter, who was heavily armed, was ultimately confronted and neutralized by two police officers, resulting in an end to the devastating attack. The victims of this senseless act of violence were 9-year-olds Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney, as well as 61-year-olds Cynthia Peak, Katherine Koonce, and Mike Hill.
The release of body camera footage from the officers provided a chilling glimpse into the harrowing events that unfolded within the school. The footage revealed the courage and quick thinking of the officers as they faced the active shooter, ultimately bringing an end to the devastating situation.
The entire Nashville community was deeply affected by this tragedy, and the impact rippled across the state and the nation. The events of that fateful day at The Covenant School will forever be remembered as a time of great sorrow and loss, but also as a testament to the courage and bravery of those who responded to the call of duty in the face of unspeakable horror.