Police ‘firmly believe’ Nashville school shooter Audrey Hale had other targets
The gunman who shot and killed six victims at a private Christian school in Nashville on Monday sought to inflict violence on other targets, police said Tuesday.
“We strongly believe there would be other targets, possibly including family members, and one of the malls here in Nashville,” Nashville Police Chief John Drake said Tuesday. , to CBS News. “And that just didn’t happen.”
The shooter, identified as 28-year-old Audrey Hale, broke into the Covenant School on Monday morning and began shooting the victims indiscriminately.
Hale shot and killed three 9-year-old children and three staff members before police fatally shot him inside the building.
Following the deadly tragedy, police searched Hale’s Nashville home and recovered a stockpile of firearms along with a manifesto and “other cards possibly relating to some thoughts on other incidents. “Drake told the news channel.
Hale also had a school card, where she was once a student years ago.
Drake said the killer “had a story there” and the attack was “targeted and planned”.
Police do not believe any of the victims were specifically targeted.
“What detectives have said so far is that there may be some resentment about having to go to this school,” he added.
Investigators, however, have not determined an official motive and have not revealed the contents of Hale’s manifesto.
Hale was undergoing treatment for “an emotional disorder” before the shooting, Drake previously said.
A friend Hale texted from the school parking lot just before the violent rampage began said she had been suicidal in the past.
The dead have been identified as Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs and William Kinney, all 9, as well as caretaker Mike Hill, 61, substitute teacher Cynthia Peak, 61, and principal Katherine Koonce, 60.
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