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Investigators found a suicide note when they served a search warrant at the home of the shooter who killed six people at a Nashville school last week, along with several weapons and ammunition, according to an inventory of items seized.
The search warrant and search warrant were released Tuesday, just over a week after the shooter, former student Audrey Hale, opened fire at Union High School, killing three 9-year-olds and three adults.
The warrant, on the same day that the shooting was executed, showed that the authorities had also found several years of the Confederate school and a photograph in the school, in addition to the newspapers of the shooters. Some journals are described as relating to “school quilts”; firearm course “indicates.
A total of 47 items according to the list.
Hale, 28, fired 152 rounds in the attack, which was planned “over a period of months,” officials said in a news release Monday. Hale “considered the actions of other mass murderers,” the decision said, and “acted entirely alone.”
Hale, who police said was suffering from emotional disturbance, had bought seven guns legally and hid them at home, Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake said earlier.
Hale was armed with three guns in the attack, which occurred after Nashville officers arrived on the scene and confronted the shooter.
Two officers opened fire — a moment captured on bodycam footage later released by police — and killed Hale at 10:27 a.m., 14 minutes after the shooter entered the private Christian school, according to Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron.
Officials are working to determine a motive for the attack, but earlier notes left by Hale – which are continuing to be reviewed by police and the FBI – stated that it was “calculated and planned.”
Hale targeted the school and the Covenant Presbyterian Church, to which the school is attached, police said, but the victims are believed to have been fired at random.
Those victims were Evelyn Dieckhaus, William Kinney and Hallie Scruggs, all 9 years old, as well as school custodian Mike Hill, 61, substitute teacher Cynthia Peak, 61, and Katherine Koonce, 60, who was the school’s principal.
Four state police officers who responded to the shooting Tuesday described how their training guided them as they hunted down the shooters.
King Engelbert, commander of the regiment, praised the two “who stayed on the stage and did not run.” They gave the brief information they needed, and “the exact key to enter the building,” he said.
Engelbert and Detective Sergeant Jeff Mathes were part of a team that cleared the classroom and investigated the shooting. When the first floor of the court They took the gunfire from the shooter.
“We were still unsure where it was, but our job is to go to it, to go through the two doors,” Mathes said.
Michael Collazo, who heard that the shooter could be on the second board, joined the group.
“Somewhere around that time is when we started hearing the first shots … that’s when everything kind of kicked in for us,” Collazo said.
After they climbed the stairs and went up to the second floor of the theater, they found the victim on the floor.
“Doing what our training teaches us to do in those situations and following the impulses, we all entered the victim.” To this day, I don’t know how I did morally, but training kicked in,” Mathes said.
Smoke was filling the building and the fire was frightening, Collazo said. Then to the right was a gun.
I asked Engelbert; who aims his vessels; to lead the team towards the throw. Engelbert explained that things were “like the training we received.”
“Then we immediately went to the sound of gunfire and immediately went to the shooter,” Mathes said.
School shootings – the deadliest since 21 people, including 19 children, were killed at a Uvalde, Texas, school last May – have renewed debate over the scourge of American gun violence, gun access and school safety, a battle that has been unleashed. state law this week.
Tennessee House Republicans on Monday moved to expel three Democratic state delegates who participated in protests at the state Capitol last Thursday, calling for more gun control in the wake of deadly shootings.
The vote on whether to expel three members – Reps. Gloria Johnson of Knoxville, Justin Jones of Nashville and Justin Pearson of Memphis – for Thursday, according to the Tennessean.