Bodycam Footage Shows Audrey Hale Carry Out Nashville School Shooting That Left Six Dead
At 10:13 a.m. Monday, in Nashville, Tennessee police received a call of an active shooter at Covenant School.
The shooter was Audrey Hale, 28, a former student of the school. Hale was assigned female at birth but used he/him pronouns and the name Aiden on various social media platforms.
Surveillance cameras captured Hale wearing camouflage-style pants, a white t-shirt, a black vest and a red hat. They shot out a side door and entered the building with an AR rifle and pistol, and handgun.
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Body camera footage was released on Tuesday that showed Officer Rex Engelbert searching the first floor of the school before more gunshots were heard on the second floor. Upon entering an atrium, Engelbert sees the shooter standing near a window and fires four times, causing the shooter to fall to the ground.
Another officer, Michael Collazo, fires another four times after Hale was on the ground.
Fourteen minutes after the initial 911 call, Hale was killed after killing three students and three staff members.
The three children, Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs and William Kinney were all nine years old and in the third grade. The three adults were Cynthia Peak, 61, a substitute teacher; Katherine Koonce, 60, the head of the school; and Mike Hill, 61, a janitor of the school.
The motive for the shooting is still unknown, but according to Nashville Police Chief John Drake, there was substantial planning for the shooting. “We have a manifesto,” he said in a press release. “We have some writings that we’re going over that pertain to this date, the actual incident. We have a map drawn out of how this was all going to take place.”
Drake also said that the shooter was being treated for an emotional disorder and hid the plans and weapons from their parents. “[They] were under care, doctor’s care, for an emotional disorder. [The cops] knew nothing about the treatment [they] were receiving.”
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