The Covenant School shooter has been identified as 28-year-old Audrey Hale. A former student that now identifies as transgender. Hale claimed the lives of six people, three of them were children.
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Authorities have discovered additional weapons and maps of the school grounds in the shooter’s Brightwood Avenue dwelling in the Belmont-Hillsboro area. The search “resulted in the seizure of a sawed-off shotgun, a second shotgun, and other evidence.”
Police also found notes that the shooter wrote prior to the tragic event. The writings show that the crime was “calculated and planned.” The documents also included diagrams Hale had “drawn of the school in detail.” Entry, exit, and surveillance points were noted on the papers.
Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake spoke with NBC News at a press conference. “We have some writings that we’re going over that pertain to this day, the actual incident. We have a map drawn out of how this was all going to take place.”
When authorities searched Hale’s car, the uncovered additional writings. So far, police have identified six deceased victims. Evelyn Dieckhaus, 9, Hallie Scruggs, 9, William Kinney, 9, Cynthia Peak, 61, Dr. Katherine Koonce, 60, and Mike Hill, 61.
The spokesman for the Nashville Police Department, Don Aaron, recounted a few details of the tragic incident.
The shooter came in through the side entrance at the school and proceeded to open fire. When the shooter made it to the second floor, authorities returned fire. Hale was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the spokesperson, there were no additional gunshot victims, however, a police officer was injured by broken glass. The shooter was in possession of a pistol and two rifles of the “assault-type.”
The shooter was additional identified as a female, but authorities have uncovered additional details that Hale was transgender.