Nashville school shooter legally owned 7 guns, had ’emotional disorder,’ police say: Here’s everything we know

March 28, 2023

Nashville police have released body camera video from officers who responded to the deadly mass shooting at a Christian grade school on Monday and killed the shooter, a former student who, authorities say, owned seven firearms that were purchased legally, including two assault-style rifles and a handgun used in the attack.

Three children and three adults were killed in the rampage at the Covenant School. The slain children were identified by police as Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs and William Kinney, all age 9. The adults were Cynthia Peak, a 61-year-old substitute teacher; Mike Hill, a 61-year-old custodian; and the 60-year-old head of the school, Katherine Koonce.

The shooter was identified as 28-year-old Audrey Elizabeth Hale of Nashville.

Shooter owned 7 guns that were legally purchased, police say
Images released by police show firearms used by the shooter in the deadly mass shooting at the Covenant School in Nashville, Tenn., Monday. (Photos: Metro Nashville Police Department/Twitter)
Firearms used by the shooter in the deadly incident at the Covenant School in Nashville on Monday. (Metropolitan Nashville Police Department/Twitter)
At a press conference early Tuesday afternoon, Nashville Police Chief John Drake said Hale owned seven firearms that were legally purchased from five different stores.

She was also being treated by a doctor for an emotional disorder, according to her parents, Drake said. “Law enforcement knew nothing about the treatment she was receiving, but her parents felt that she should not own weapons,” he said.

The parents, Drake said, thought Hale had sold a gun and was no longer in possession of any firearms.

“Had it been reported that she was suicidal or that she was going to kill someone and had been made known to us, then we would have tried to get those weapons,” he told reporters. “But as it stands, we had absolutely no idea.”

Investigators have not yet confirmed a motive for the killings. Drake said it appears Hale targeted the school but did not target individual students or staff members. A “manifesto” that included writings, drawings and maps of the school was recovered and turned over to the FBI, Drake said

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