Nashville school shooter Audrey Hale‘s pre-killing spree manifesto will be released to the public after the FBI‘s team of criminal profilers analyze its contents.
According to the New York Post, the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit is working ‘in tandem’ with the Nashville Police Department to complete an ‘in-depth analysis of certain aspects of the shooter’s life.’
Nashville Council Member Robert Swope said: ‘The manifesto is going to be released. It’s just a matter of when. There are some incredibly brilliant psychological minds and psychological analysts combing through her entire life.’
Transgender Hale, 28, left behind the manifesto in addition to a detailed map of the school she once attended and apparently planned a detailed attack against, that left three students and three staffers dead.
Linkedin picture of Audrey Hale, 28, who opened fire at a Nashville school on Monday, killing six
On Monday morning, transgender 28-year-old Audrey Halle attacked the Covenant school, which she previously attended
Swope told the Post that Hale reviewed two other possible schools, both of the public, as targets for her attack, before deciding ‘the security was too great to do what she wanted to do.’
‘So she chose a private Christian school, for, probably the reason is that the security is a whole lot less,’ he said.
‘I’m beyond heartbroken. That this kind of evil actually exists in this world, it is amazing to me. I don’t know how our community gets past this,’ he added.
On Monday morning, Hale attacked the Covenant school, which she previously attended, at around 10 in the morning.
At around 10.13am, Hale opened fire at The Covenant School, shooting and killing Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs and William Kinney, all aged nine.
Substitute teacher Cynthia Peak, 61, head of school Dr. Katherine Koonce, 60, and custodian Mike Hill, 61, were also killed.
Koonce worked alongside her daughter Anna at The Covenant School, who serves as a faculty/student assistant.
Within 14 minutes, Hale was dead, as Nashville police revealed photos of the two officers – Rex Engelbart and Michael Collazo – who shot and killed Hale.
In a statement issued late Monday night, a spokesperson for the school said: ‘Our community is heartbroken.
‘We are grieving tremendous loss and are in shock coming out of the terror that shattered our school and church.
‘We are focused on loving our students, our families, our faculty and staff and beginning the process of healing.’
Nashville Council Member Robert Swope said Hale’s manifesto will be released to the public after it is analyzed by FBI experts
A terrified child presses her hand against the glass of a school bus window after being evacuated from The Covenant School
Audrey Hale, 28, opened fire at a Nashville school on Monday, killing six
Students from The Covenant School get off a bus to meet their parents at the reunification site at the Woodmont Baptist Church Monday, March 27, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn. following a mass shooting at their school
Police said Hale was transgender, although they haven’t specified further details. She was born female, but a LinkedIn profile believed to be hers uses he/him pronouns, suggesting Hale was living as a man.
Police released this image of Hale on Monday
John Drake, the chief of Nashville police, said Hale left a manifesto which suggested simmering anger at being sent to a Christian school.
Hale’s mother, Norma Hale, worked as a coordinator at a local church and posted about religion frequently on Facebook.
‘The person we know as Audrey Hale, she’s a 28-year-old Nashvillan. We have belief that she went to school in the area – at that actual school.
‘There’s some belief that there was some resentment for having to go to that school,’ said Drake, speaking to NBC News.
‘Don’t have all the details to that just yet and that’s why this incident occurred.’
The six victims were three nine-year-old children and three staff members.
How the Nashville school shooting unfolded
09:53am – Hale’s gray Honda Fit is seen arriving at The Covenant School in Nashville.
09:54am – Hale is seen driving through the parking lot, seemingly calm. Nothing suggests anything is out of the ordinary as she finds a spot to park.
10:10am – The glass front door, which was locked, is shattered as Hale opens fire. She then steps through the debris into the empty reception of the church, which is adjacent to the school.
10:13am – Brandishing her assault rifle, Hale is seen entering a carpeted room, inside the church looking for any victims. The room is empty. The first call to 911 about shots being fired in the building came in at this time.
10:18am – Hale is seen on the same camera inside the church still looking for victims. She opens a door into the next room.
10:19am – The 28-year-old returns through the door, and aims her gun, although there is no one there. She tries another door, then returns 30 seconds later.
10:20am – Hale is now walking through a wooden-floored building labelled ‘first’ in the footage, past an empty reception. She stalks the corridor, then disappears from view.
10:27am – Hale is shot dead on the second floor of the school, having engaged officers who fired back, killing her.