On March 27, 2023 The mass shooting occurred at The Covenant School, a private Presbyterian parochial school in the Green Hills neighborhood of Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Six people—three children and three staff members—were killed. The shooter Audrey Hale, a 28-year-old female transgender who killed six people at a school, on Monday bought seven guns legally and hid them at home. Come learn everything about the Nashville School shooting in Tennessee Covenant School. Names of the victims, suspects, and many more
Who is the shooter and who are the parents of the shooter?
Hale’s parents, who lived with the shooter, said Hale was under a doctor’s care for an “emotional disorder,” Nashville Police Chief John Drake said at a news conference Tuesday.
The shooter had various writings and maps of the school, as well as drawings of how to enter, Drake said.
Police know Hale left home Monday morning with a red bag and that Hale’s mother did not know weapons were inside, Drake said.
Hale’s parents thought the suspect had owned only one gun, but that it had been sold.
They believed the suspect “should not own weapons”, and were unaware the suspect “had been hiding several weapons within the house”, said Nashville Police Chief John Drake on Tuesday.
The weapons were legally purchased from five shops around the city.
People who knew about Shooter Aurdrey Hale
The killer “was under care – doctor’s care – for an emotional disorder”, Chief Drake said, without providing further details.
If there had been reports of suicidal or violent tendencies, he added, police would have sought to confiscate the guns.
Maria Colomy, the instructor, taught Hale for two semesters in 2017 at Nossi College of Art & Design in Nashville. On the first day of class, Hale could not figure out how to set up a password, became upset and had to leave the classroom, Colomy told CNN. It was Hale’s only outburst, she said.
Victims killed in the Nashville School Shooting and their names
Three 9-year-old children and three adults were killed at The Covenant School in Nashville on Monday. The pupils killed in the attack were Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs and William Kinney. Three adult employees at the privately run Christian school also died: Cynthia Peak, 61, Katherine Koonce, 60, and Mike Hill, 61. When a former student armed with an assault-style rifle and a hail of bullets entered the private Christian school and opened fire.
The shooter, 28-year-old Audrey Hale, was consequently killed by police. Authorities believe that the six victims were randomly selected. Despite the fact that the murderer left behind notes about the planned attack, the motive remains unknown.
Who was the shooter Audrey Hale? What is the motive of the mass shooting?
Police received the first call about the incident at 10:13 local time (15:13 GMT) on Monday.
The suspect drove to the school in a Honda Fit and got into the building by firing through one of the doors, which were all locked.
Video later released by Nashville police shows the shooter opening fire to shatter glass panes on the front doors, then wandering the school’s deserted corridors – at one point walking past a room labelled “Children’s Ministry”.
In the CCTV footage, the suspect is wearing what appears to be a protective vest and carrying an assault-style rifle in one hand, with a second weapon visible hanging from the left hip.
The deadly rampage Monday morning at Covenant lasted about 14 minutes before the shooter was shot and killed by police. The assailant killed three 9-year-olds as well as a custodian, a substitute teacher and the head of the school.
Brink Fidler, who runs the company that did an active shooter training at the school, told CNN that Koonce had been adamant about training school staff on how to respond during an active shooter situation.
Fidler said the shooter fired multiple rounds into several classrooms but didn’t hit anyone inside the classrooms, “because the teachers knew exactly what to do, how to fortify their doors and where to place their children in those rooms.”
What did the police say about the Nashville School Shooting?
A police spokesman said the attacker did not target any person in particular, but did target “this school, this church building”.
The suspect was under “doctor’s care for an emotional disorder”, police say.
They believe it was the school that was targeted rather than any particular individual but have not indicated any motive.
Police have spoken to the parents of the suspect, Audrey Hale, who was killed by police less than 15 minutes after the attack began.
Tennessee has no laws that allow police to seize guns from violent suspects.
Despite the absence of such so-called red-flag laws, police said they would still have sought to have the weapons confiscated if authorities had had any warning that the suspect could have posed a threat.
How the shooter of Tennessee School died?
The police officer appeared to shoot the person on the ground four times with a handgun, yelling, “Stop moving!” The officers then approached the person, moved a gun away and radioed, “Suspect down! Suspect down!”
The shooter was dead at 10:27 a.m., police said.