Nashville school shooting: What we know about 28-year-old suspect
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Seven people were killed in a mass shooting at The Covenant School in Nashville on Monday, including three children and the shooter.
Police identified the shooter as 28-year-old Audrey Elizabeth Hale, who police killed at the scene. Hale was a former student at The Covenant School, according to police.
Hale was an illustrator and graphic designer who used he/him pronouns, according to a police spokesperson. Police said Hale was transgender and they initially identified him by his birth name and gender.
Police say Hale had planned other targets; manifesto and writings being reviewed
Hale's attack was targeted and the department is reviewing a manifesto and "some writings," planning for an attack on Monday, police Chief John Drake said in a news conference Monday afternoon.
Hale had also planned to attack another location, which Hale realized was too heavily secured and decided against, Drake said.
In an interview with CBS Mornings on Tuesday, Drake said there were other targets, including a mall, outlined in materials obtained at Hale's residence following Monday's shooting.
"We think (Monday's shooting) was targeted and planned," Drake said.
"We strongly believe there were going to be other targets, including maybe family members and one of the malls here in Nashville."
Drake said that Hale, who attended Covenant School, had "some history" with the school which may have played a role in the motive for Monday's shooting.
"What detectives have said so far is there is possibly some resentment for having to go to that school. There's a connection with that family."
Where did Hale go to school?
Hale attended Isaiah T. Creswell Middle School from 2006 to 2010. Hale then went to the Nashville School of the Arts and graduated in May 2014, Nashville schools spokesperson Sean Braisted said.
While at Nashville School of the Arts, Hale ran track for Martin Luther King High School, meet records show. She went on to attend Nossi College of Art between 2018-2022, according to LinkedIn.
In a statement, the college confirmed Hale was a student and a "talented artist."
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to (Hale's) family, to the victims and their families and to our city," the statement said. "Due to federal guidelines (FERPA) followed by our institution, we are not allowed to disclose further personal information."
Audrey Hale was being treated for 'emotional disorder' before Monday's shooting
Following extensive interviews with the parents of Audrey Hale, Metro Police were able to determine that Hale was “under doctor care for an emotional disorder,” and Hale's parents believed Hale did not have any firearms at the time of the shooting, Drake said Tuesday.
Drake confirmed that law enforcement were previously unaware of Hale or about his treatment. Drake said that had it been reported to police that Hale was suicidal, MNPD would have intervened.
Police also confirmed that there is “no motive” at this time—the previously found manifesto in Hale’s vehicle on scene had “talks about the school, a map, a drawing of entry points and assaults that would take place.”
Drake added that no specific student or faculty member was targeted in the attack. According to Drake, Hale appeared to have “some training to shoot from a higher level,” and knew to stand “away from the glass so (he) wouldn’t be an easy target.”
What type of weapons did the shooter use in Nashville shooting?
Police said Hale was carrying two assault-style weapons, a KelTec SUB2000 and a Grunt Rifle, and an M&P 9mm handgun. Hale legally bought seven weapons from five different gun stores, three of which were used during Monday's shooting, Drake said during a Tuesday press briefing.
What are the stickers on Hale's firearms?
Photos and security footage released by Metro Police Monday evening showed the shooter’s firearms— a KelTec SUB2000, a Grunt Rifle and an M&P 9mm handgun.
Emblazoned on the weapons were multiple stickers, which The Tennessean is working to identify.
On the KelTec SUB2000, two decals can be seen.
One, along the extended magazine, is the edge of American fashion house and surf-wear company Stussy’s logo. The logo is a rendering of Stussy founder Shawn Stussy’s signature.
The second, which resembles tape with writing on it and is along the top of the firearm, has yet to be identified.
On the Grunt Rifle, two decals can be seen.
In photos provided by the police department, a picture of a KAWS figure is taped to the magazine. KAWS, born Brian Donnelly, is an American graffiti artist popular for his pop art and brand collaborations. This specific sticker is from a collaboration with Bape Sta, a “street fashion” footwear brand.
In security footage of Hale entering the school, a second sticker can be seen on the other side of the magazine.
This sticker is the Spitfire logo, a skateboarding supply brand founded in 1987.
On the M&P 9mm handgun, a singular decal has yet to be identified.
How did police respond?
A five-member police team killed Hale in a lobby area on the second floor of the school. Hale shot out the glass in a set of doors to enter the school through a side entrance, police said.
In body-worn camera footage released early Tuesday, officers are shown arriving at the scene of the shooting in separate vehicles.
“Let’s go!” Officer Rex Engelbert shouted, as he pushed his way into the building.
Police began scanning classrooms and adjacent bathrooms on the school’s first floor. With alarms sounding in the background, officers calmly but forcefully communicated with each other.
About 90 seconds after entering the building, officers heard something.
“It sounds like it’s upstairs," one said.
Within seconds, they encountered Hale. Police fired, killing Hale.
Hale message former teammate just before shooting
Hale sent direct messages from The Covenant School parking lot to a former middle school basketball teammate minutes before Monday's shooting.
Averianna Patton told The Tennessean on Tuesday that she received messages from Hale at 9:57 a.m. while on Covenant School property, apologizing and stating that Hale wanted to die. Hale also said in the messages to Patton that a March 13 Instagram post was actually a suicide note.
"Something in me was like, 'No, you need to help. Do something,'" Patton said.
Patton called the Suicide Prevention Helpline minutes after reading the messages. The helpline recommended that Patton call police, which she did. By that time, unbeknownst to Patton, Hale had shattered glass doors and entered the Covenant School.
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