Nashville faculty shooter recognized as Audrey Hale, a 28-year-old TN resident

A way of “resentment” might need performed a task in a 28-year-old’s lethal assault on the non-public Christian faculty they as soon as attended, Nashville police mentioned Monday.

The shooter, Nashville resident Audrey Hale, had no earlier felony document earlier than opening hearth at The Covenant Faculty, killing three youngsters and three adults, authorities mentioned.

“There’s some perception that there was some resentment for having to go to that college,” Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake instructed Lester Holt of NBC Information.

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Hale had fastidiously deliberate the assault with detailed maps and surveillance, police mentioned.

Whereas the shooter might need focused The Covenant Faculty, Drake stopped wanting saying Hale was going after any particular individuals. There have been additionally indications that Hale had deliberate to focus on different places, Drake instructed NBC Information.

Covenant’s head of faculty, Katherine Koonce, 60, was amongst these killed.

“She focused random college students within the faculty … whoever she got here involved with, she fired rounds,” Drake mentioned, referring to the shooter.

Hale shot open a locked door to realize entrance to the college, officers mentioned.

The previous scholar is alleged to have left behind writings being studied by native and federal investigators.

“We now have some writings that we’re going over that pertain to this date, the precise incident,” Drake instructed reporters hours after the capturing. “We now have a map drawn out of how this was all going to happen.”

He mentioned Hale was transgender.

Officers “really feel that she identifies as trans, however we’re nonetheless within the preliminary investigation into all of that and if it really performed a task into this incident,” Drake mentioned.

Former faculty headmaster Invoice Campbell mentioned that he remembered Hale as a third-grader in 2005 and fourth-grader in 2006, citing yearbooks he retains.

“It’s simply an absolute tragedy what’s occurred by the previous scholar and what she did to the academics and college students,” Campbell mentioned.

Hale was not listed as a scholar within the annuals within the fifth or sixth grade, so Campbell mentioned he believes Hale transferred after the fourth grade.

“I’ve seemed again in my annuals and I do keep in mind her as a former scholar,” the previous headmaster mentioned. “She was simply one in all our younger women. … She was only a typical co-ed. A typical scholar.”

Campbell couldn’t recall any points Hale might need had on the time that might have raised pink flags.

“I take into consideration this scholar and our relationship on the time she was there, there was nothing extraordinary and strange,” the previous faculty administrator mentioned. “She was beloved and appreciated like all of our college students.”

Hale got here to the college on Monday with two AR-style weapons and a handgun, Drake mentioned.

Two of these three weapons have been legally obtained within the Nashville space, he added.

Hale was confronted by 5 officers and two of them opened hearth, killing the attacker, authorities mentioned.

A automobile close to the scene helped police decide who the shooter was, and investigators have been combing via Hale’s residence, he mentioned.

Police tactical items have been noticed utilizing a grenade-like system to get contained in the residence, which is listed as Hale’s residence.

“It is a nice household, and it is a tragedy,” a neighbor mentioned.

There have been no solutions Monday afternoon at a number of cellphone numbers listed for Hale’s mom and brother.

Drake praised his officers for taking up the shooter instantly.

“It might have been far, far worse,” he mentioned.

Hale’s writings additionally indicated that The Covenant Faculty wasn’t the killer’s solely goal, authorities mentioned.

“It signifies that there was going to be shootings at a number of places, and the college was one in all them,” Drake instructed NBC Information.

Officers prevented extra deaths because of their quick work, Nashville Mayor John Cooper mentioned.

“Allow us to reward our first responders, 14 minutes, 14 minutes, I imagine underneath hearth, operating to gunfire,” Cooper instructed reporters.

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