Audrey Hale attacked Nashville Christian School out of "resentment"

Police release images of murderer's neutralization.

Audrey Elizabeth Hale, the trans woman who carried out Monday's massacre at The Covenant School, a Christian elementary school in Nashville, was an alumna of the school and planned in great detail, the massacre that killed three children and three adults. The alleged perpetrator of the assault, as reported by the police, used the pronoun "he/him" and allegedly acted out of "resentment" against the school.

As explained by Metropolitan Nashville Police (MNPD) Chief, John Drake, the 28-year-old woman had drawn a detailed map of the school, including possible entry points, and had staked out the building extensively before carrying out the massacre. "We have a manifesto, we have some writings that we're going through," Drake noted before also adding that the shooter was primed and ready to do more damage than she did.

The victims are three children, the school principal, a substitute teacher and a janitor. The deceased have been identified as Evelyn Dieckhaus, William Kinney and Hallie Scruggs, all nine years old; Mike Hill, 61; Cynthia Peak, 61; and Katherine Koonce, 60.

Police release video of school shooting

A police spokesman, Don Aaron, explained that the shooter was armed with at least two assault rifles and a handgun and stressed that police action was swift. About 14 minutes elapsed from the time the trans woman broke into the school until she was shot by officers. She is the seventh fatality in the shooting. Nashville Metro Police released a video with the entire sequence of events and images of the weapons seized from the shooter.

The video shows how the shooter, Audrey Elizabeth Hale, 28, who attended the school years ago, arrived on campus in her Honda Fit. She was heavily armed with three pistols, two of them assault-style, and shot her way into the school through the doors on the side of the building.

The first call to 911 about gunshots in the building came in at 10:13 a.m. Officers rushed to the campus, entered and began to clear the building. A team of agents encountered Hale shooting on the second floor in a common area. She had previously been shooting through a window at arriving police cars. Two members of the team of agents that responded to the call, shot and fatally wounded Hale.

Those two officers are Officer Rex Englebert, a four-year veteran of the MNPD, and Officer Michael Collazo, a nine-year veteran of the MNPD. Both prevented further carnage.

The police officers who shot down the Nashville Christian school shooter and the female assailant who killed six people.
(Metro Nashville PD)

According to police, Hale's recovered writings revealed that the attack was "calculated and planned." A search warrant executed at the assailant's home resulted in the seizure of two additional shotguns and several additional pieces of evidence.

Biden uses massacre to call for more gun control

President Joe Biden on Monday again called for a national ban on assault weapons in the immediate aftermath of the Nashville shooting.

"It’s about time that we begin to make some more progress," Biden said. "We have to do more to stop gun violence. It’s ripping our communities apart, ripping at the very soul of this nation."