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Police ‘strongly believe’ Nashville school shooter Audrey Hale had other targets

The shooter who gunned down six victims at a private Christian school in Nashville Monday sought to inflict violence on other targets, police said Tuesday.

“We strongly believe there was going to be some other targets, including maybe family members, and one of the malls here in Nashville,” Nashville Police Chief John Drake told CBS News Tuesday. “And that just did not happen.”

The shooter, identified as 28-year-old Audrey Hale, stormed into The Covenant School Monday morning and began firing at victims indiscriminately.

Police searched Aubrey Hale's home and recovered more guns, a manifesto, and maps pertaining to possible other planned attacks the killer had in mind.
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Hale shot and killed three 9-year-olds and three staffers before police fatally shot her inside the building.

Following the deadly tragedy, police searched Hale’s Nashville home and recovered a stockpile of guns as well as a manifesto and “some more maps pertaining to maybe some thinking about some other incidents,” Drake told the news station.

Hale also had a map of the school, where she was once a student years ago.

Footage shows suspect Audrey Hale holding an assault rifle at the Covenant School building at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Audrey Hale is spotted face down, lying on the ground after being shot by police officers at the Covenant School building at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, in Nashville, Tenn. on March 27, 2023.
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Drake said the killer “had some history there” and that the attack was “targeted and planned.”

Police do not believe any of the victims were specifically targeted.

A woman hugs a police officer at the entrance of the Covenant School at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, in Nashville, Tenn., on March 28, 2023.
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“What detectives have said so far is there’s possibly some resentment for having to go to that school,” he added.

Investigators, however, have not determined an official motive and have not revealed the contents of Hale’s manifesto.

Hale was undergoing treatment for “an emotional disorder” before the shooting, Drake previously said.

Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake speaks to the media following the mass shooting at Covenant School on March 27, 2023 in Nashville, Tenn.

A friend that Hale messaged from the parking lot of the school right before she began the violent rampage said she has been suicidal in the past.

The dead have been identified as Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs and William Kinney, all 9, as well as custodian Mike Hill, 61, substitute teacher Cynthia Peak, 61, and headmaster Katherine Koonce, 60.