Tennessee School Shooting Motive – According to authorities, who cited the suspect’s journals, the individual who is suspected of opening fire and killing six people at a private Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee, last week had been plotting for “months to commit mass murder at The Covenant School.” The suspect’s diaries were found at the scene of the shooting. According to a statement released by the Nashville Police Department on Monday, the suspect, who has been identified as a former student at Covenant School named Audrey Hale, aged 28, fired 152 bullets during the mass shooting that occurred on March 27.
At the time of the incident, Hale reportedly had “significant ammunition,” two rifles of an assault-style design, and a pistol in his possession, as stated by the police. According to the authorities, Hale had seven weapons that he had legitimately acquired from five separate local businesses. An official with the law enforcement agency told ABC News that the seven firearms that were seized by the police had been acquired between the dates of October 30, 2020 and June 6, 2022. According to the official, the most recent acquisition was a firearm that was designed in the AR-15 type.
Officers fired shots inside the school, killing Hale. He was found dead. According to the investigation, each of the two policemen who fired their weapons at Hale used all four of their ammunition. Hale “considered the actions of other mass murderers,” according to police statements, but the reason for the crime is yet unclear. According to Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake, who was interviewed by ABC News the previous week, Hale had “writings and a book we consider to be like a manifesto” in addition to a thorough plan of the school.
The writings of Hale, which were discovered in a vehicle and a bedroom at the crime site, are still being investigated by the FBI and the Nashville police, according to statements made by the authorities on Monday. A spokeswoman for the police department said that Hale was given the identity of a girl at birth, but then referred to a social media account that was associated with Hale and featured the usage of the pronouns he and he.
Funeral services for the six people—three youngsters and three adults—who were slain are already ongoing. The names of the victims have been released; they are as follows: Evelyn Dieckhaus, age 9, Hallie Scruggs, age 9, and Will Kinney, age 9, as well as a substitute teacher named Cynthia Peak, a school custodian named Mike Hill, and Katherine Koonce, the principal of the school.