- A Parkland victim’s parents were taken out of Congress last week, days before another mass shooting.
- Manuel and Patricia Oliver interrupted a House gun regulations committee hearing last Thursday.
- 3 schoolchildren and 3 adults were killed at a private Christian school in Nashville on Monday.
The parents of a school shooting victim interrupted a Congressional gun regulations meeting last week, shouting at Republican lawmakers before being escorted out by Capitol police. Now, just days later, another mass shooting has left three schoolchildren and three adults dead in Nashville, Tennessee.
Manuel and Patricia Oliver, parents of 17-year-old Parkland, Florida, shooting victim Joaquin Oliver, attended a House committee hearing on gun regulations last Thursday, NBC reported. The two were removed after interrupting the hearing.
According to Politico, Patricia Oliver yelled, “You took away my son,” at GOP Texas Representative Pat Fallon before Fallon and another Republican lawmaker called in Capitol police to remove her and Manuel Oliver.
Video footage shared by Democrat Florida Representative Maxwell Frost shows Manuel Oliver being arrested by police in the hallway outside the committee hearing.
—Maxwell Alejandro Frost (@MaxwellFrostFL) March 23, 2023
Just days after the incident, another mass shooting has shaken the US. On Monday morning, a 28-year-old woman opened fire at The Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee, killing three children and three adult staff members.
Victims included three 9-year-olds, identified by police as Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney. Cynthia Peak, 61, Katherine Koonce, 60, and Mike Hill, 61, were also killed, according to Nashville police.
The suspect was armed with three weapons at the time of the shooting, including two assault rifles and one handgun, police said.
The mass shooting marks the 129th recorded this year, according to Brady, a non-profit working to prevent gun violence.