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Nashville police release bodycam footage of transgender school shooter takedown

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March 31, 2023

On Tuesday, the Metro Nashville Police Department released body camera footage showing how officers took down the transgender shooter who attacked a Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee.

The footage comes from the body cameras of Michael Collazo and Rex Englebert, the two MNPD officers who took down the shooter.

In one part of the footage, Officer Collazo starts running toward the gunfire after multiple shots ring out.

“Shots fired, shots fired, shots fired, move!” he says.

As Collazo and other policemen reach the end of a hallway, the transgender shooter fires several more rounds. The officers push forward toward the shooter, who was firing on officers on the ground outside a window at the time.

The footage also shows Officer Englebert leading the team of law enforcement through the building until they encounter the shooter. Englebert fires multiple shots, striking the shooter.

Collazo then moves in closer to the gunwoman and fires several more rounds while shouting, “Stop moving! Stop moving! Get your hand away from the gun! Get your hands away from the gun!”

According to security footage of the attack, the 28-year-old transgender shooter forcibly entered The Covenant School at 10:10 a.m.

Local NBC affiliate WSMV reported that someone called 911 about shots fired in the school at 10:13 a.m. Officers immediately responded and started clearing the building as shots rang out on the second floor of the school.

A team of officers encountered the female shooter on the second floor, and officers Englebert and Collazo shot and killed the transgender shooter at 10:27 a.m.

The victims of the deadly shooting are Cynthia Peak, 61, Katherine Koonce, 60, Mike Hill, 61, and 9-year-olds Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney, according to police.

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.