- Nashville school shooting suspect, Audrey Hale, a 28-year-old, was a former student of the institute.
- On Monday, March 27, 2023, Audrey Hale, opened fire at the Covenant School in Nashville, killing six people.
- Hale gained entry into the building by shooting through a side door, as per Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake’s statement during a news conference.
- The shooter used three firearms and fired multiple shots on the first and second floors of the Covenant School.
- After hearing the gunfire, a five-member team of police officers arrived at the scene, went to the second floor, and fatally shot the Nashville school shooting suspect.
Nashville school shooting suspect, Audrey Hale, a 28-year-old, was a former student of the institute.
Hale graduated from Nossi College of Art & Design in Nashville last year and worked as a freelance graphic designer and part-time grocery shopper.
On Monday, March 27, 2023, Audrey Hale, opened fire at the Covenant School in Nashville, killing six people, including three 9-year-old students and three adults, which happened to be the employees of the school.
The victims of the shooting were identified as three 9-year-old students, Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney, and three adults, Cynthia Peak, 61, Katherine Koonce, 60, and Mike Hill, 61.
Koonce was the head of the school, and Peak was a substitute teacher at the time of the attack. Hill was a custodian at the school.
Hale gained entry into the building by shooting through a side door, as per Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake’s statement during a news conference.
According to a police spokesperson, the shooting incident lasted for approximately 14 minutes, beginning with the first call at 10:13 a.m. and ending with the shooter’s death at 10:27 a.m.
The school, which is privately run by a church, did not have a school resource officer assigned by the city to protect the premises
The shooter used three firearms and fired multiple shots on the first and second floors of the Covenant School.
Police identified the attack as targeted, stating that Hale had left behind maps of the school and written material and had also scouted a second location for a potential attack.
The police found detailed maps of the school, along with surveillance footage and entry points.
Hale had also planned the attack in detail and drawn out a map of how it would occur.
Investigators discovered that Hale had also looked at targeting a different location in Nashville, but it had too much security, so Hale did not proceed.
After hearing the gunfire, a five-member team of police officers arrived at the scene, went to the second floor, and fatally shot the Nashville school shooting suspect.
Hale had at least two of the weapons legally, including an AR-style rifle, an AR-style pistol, and a handgun.
The police are investigating a motive for the shooting and have talked to the suspect’s father.
During an evening press conference, the police referred to the shooter as the “female shooter,” but later clarified that Hale was transgender and used male pronouns on a social media profile.
The Covenant School is a private Christian school founded in 2001 as a ministry of Covenant Presbyterian Church and teaches preschool through 6th grade.
On a typical day, the school has 209 students and 40 to 50 staff members.
The shooting garnered a massive police and fire response, and concerned families gathered outside the school to wait for word of their loved ones.
Avery Myrick, whose mother is a teacher at the school, told CNN affiliate WSMV that her mom texted that she was hiding in a closet and could hear shooting all over the school.
“Just getting that initial phone call that she was OK, it obviously brings a ton of relief, but you’re still hurting for the people out there who may not get that call,” she said.
Jozen Reodica, who works at Shearwater Health across the street from the school, took a video of police escorting students out of the school on Monday.
In the video, the children are holding hands and walking in a line down the street. As soon as she saw the arrival of the police car at the scene, she realized that something was not right.
“They (police) started to close down the roads. It happened so fast. I saw a policeman run to the scene and then after a few minutes, kids were already crossing,” Reodica said.
President Joe Biden said in a news conference that the shooting was “sick” and “heartbreaking” and urged Congress to take further action on gun safety legislation.
He called on lawmakers to pass background check legislation, close gun purchase loopholes, and ban assault weapons.
Moreover, Biden also ordered the U.S. flag to be blown on all the federal buildings throughout March.
The president also stated that he was directing the Department of Justice to publish model red-flag legislation for states.
The attack is the deadliest school shooting since the heinous attack in Uvalde, Texas, last May that left 21 people dead.