(TargetLiberty.org) – On Tuesday Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., called for federal law enforcement agencies to launch a probe into the shooting at The Covenant School and whether the shooting constitutes a religious hate crime.
On Monday, a 28-year-old suspect entered the Covenant School in Nashville and killed three adult staff members and three 9-year-old children. Hawley noted that in the law enforcement reports it is stated that the school, which had been founded in 2001, had been “targeted” because it was a Christian school. Police also believe that the shooter may have attended the school in the past.
In a letter sent to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Hawley stated that it is often the case that these incidents are dubbed as’’ senseless violence,’” but the reports show that to be incorrect as the school had been targeted for being Christian.
Attorney General Merrick Garland was also asked about the shooting during his testimony on Tuesday afternoon before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee for a budget hearing.
Sen. John Kennedy R-La., specifically asked Garland whether or not he was going to be launching a hate crime investigation for the shooter targeting Christians. However, Garland had said at the time that the motive behind the attack was still pending and that it was not yet identified.
He added that the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were working along with the local police in order to determine the motive and whether or not it was a hate crime.
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