Nashville police reveal that school shooter Hale plotted attack for 'months' and emulated 'other mass murderers'

April 4, 2023
Ben Marquis

Given the transgender identity of the deceased shooter, the mainstream media has by and large begun to move on from its initial coverage of the horrific mass shooting at a private Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee that left three young students and three adult employees dead.

The Nashville police haven't moved on from their investigation, though, and recently revealed in an update that the shooter, 28-year-old Audrey Hale, had planned the murderous assault for "a period of months," the Washington Examiner reported.

That revelation came from the extensive collection of writings by Hale that were recovered by the police in searches of her vehicle and the home of her parents where she lived, which also revealed that she had planned her attack with consideration for the actions of "other mass murderers."

An update on the investigation

In an April 3 update from the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, it was noted that investigators believe Hale "acted totally alone" in plotting and carrying out the murders of six individuals on March 27 at The Covenant School.

"In the collective writings by Hale found in her vehicle in the school parking lot, and others later found in the bedroom of her home, she documented, in journals, her planning over a period of months to commit mass murder at The Covenant School," the update stated. "The writings remain under careful review by the MNPD and the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit based in Quantico, Virginia."

"The motive for Hale’s actions has not been established and remains under investigation by the Homicide Unit in consultation with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit," the police assessment continued. "It is known that Hale considered the actions of other mass murderers."

As for the shooting incident itself, it was noted that Hale had fired a total of 152 rounds from the three firearms she had brought with her for the assault, including 126 rounds of 5.56mm cartridges from an AR-15-style rifle as well as 26 9mm rounds from either a handgun or pistol-caliber carbine.

Of the several officers who responded to the incident and eventually ended Hale's deadly rampage roughly 14 minutes after it began, just eight rounds were fired by two officers -- four 5.56 rounds from the AR-style rifle of Officer Rex Engelbert and four 9mm rounds from the service-issued semiautomatic handgun of Officer Michael Collazo.

Inventory of items seized

The New York Post reported that while the Nashville police have yet to publicly release an alleged "manifesto" and other documents written by Hale, including an alleged suicide note, they did release an "inventory of seized property" that detailed what had been discovered and taken into custody during searches of Hale's vehicle and home.

The inventory featured at least 47 line items that included multiple additional firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition, along with several laptop computers and cell phones and electronic devices.

It also included at least 20 journals Hale had kept, other writings and artwork, a suicide note, medical paperwork, five yearbooks from The Covenant School -- which she had previously attended as a child -- and one line in particular referenced "3 folders" with detailed information on "school shootings; firearms courses."

Tennessee considers legislation to bolster school security

Meanwhile, the Post also reported that Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) is considering a $200 million legislative proposal to strengthen school security measures, including a program that would allow for trained teachers and staff to be armed.

Roughly $140 million of that proposal would go toward ensuring there was an armed guard present at "every public school," as well as $20 million and $7 million to help bolster security at public and private schools, respectively.

It is unclear if any sort of gun control proposals might find their way into the legislation, but Gov. Lee seemed to hint at the possibility of expanded background checks and so-called "red flag" laws to preemptively disarm people deemed to present a possible threat to others, as he told reporters that "individuals who are a threat to themselves or to others shouldn’t have access to weapons."

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