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Nashville Covenant School shooter Audrey Elizabeth Hale hid her carousel of weapons from her parents at home in Belmont

Chief Drake dismissed the speculations that any of the victims were singled out by the suspect.



The police have uncovered unsettling information regarding the school shooter, Audrey Hale, who had been receiving treatment for an emotional disorder and had managed to conceal her collection of weapons from her parents.

According to Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake, Hale, who is 28 years old, had lawfully acquired seven firearms from different locations in the vicinity prior to the tragic incident that occurred at The Covenant School on Monday.

As per Chief Drake’s statement, the parents of the suspect were only informed of one firearm owned by Hale and were under the impression that it had been sold.

They shared the opinion that due to their child’s emotional state, it was not appropriate for them to possess any weapons.


Despite this, Hale managed to conceal seven firearms, which comprised of two assault-style rifles, in the family home located in Belmont, without his parents’ knowledge.

Chief Drake dismissed the speculations that any of the victims were singled out by the suspect.

However, he confirmed that the target of the attack was indeed the private Christian school and church.


  • 9yr old Hallie Scruggs was a 3rd grader and the daughter of a pastor.
  • 9yr old- Evelyn Dieckhaus was a 3rd grader at the school who was known as a hero.
  • 9yr old – William Kinney was a 3rd grader who had a bright future ahead of him.
  • 60yr old-Dr Katherine Koonce was principal of the school & has been for the past 7yrs.
  • 61yr old-Mike Hill was a custodian for the past 13yrs at the School & would give his last to whoever.
  • 61yr old- Cynthia Peak was a loving wife, mother of 3 & a substitute teacher at the school.

According to the Metro Police, on Monday morning, 28-year-old Audrey Hale arrived at the Covenant School in a Honda Fit and gained entry by shooting out the doors. Later on, she would proceed to kill three staff members and three 9-year-old children at the school.

09:53am – The arrival of Hale’s gray Honda Fit at The Covenant School in Nashville was observed.

09:54am – Hale was observed driving through the parking lot in a seemingly calm manner. Nothing indicated that anything was amiss as she found a parking spot.

10:10am – Hale shattered the locked glass front door and began firing. She then proceeded through the debris and into the empty reception area of the church, which is located next to the school.

10:13am – While holding her assault rifle, Hale entered a carpeted room inside the church in search of potential victims. However, the room was empty. It was at this moment that the first call reporting shots being fired in the building was made to 911.


10:18am – The same camera captured footage of Hale continuing to search for victims inside the church. She was observed opening a door into the next room.

10:19am – After a while, the 28-year-old shooter returned through the door and aimed her gun, despite there being no one in the room. She then attempted to open another door before returning after about 30 seconds.

10:20am – In the footage, Hale is seen walking through a wooden-floored building labelled “first”, passing through an empty reception. She proceeds to stalk the corridor before disappearing from view.

10:27am – Hale was fatally shot by officers on the second floor of the school after engaging them in gunfire. The officers fired back, resulting in her death.


A statement from The Covenant School:

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.

Law enforcement is conducting its investigation, and while we understand there is a lot of interest and there will be a lot of discussion about and speculation surrounding what happened, we will continue to prioritize the well-being of our community.

We appreciate the outpouring of support we have received, and we are tremendously grateful to the first responders who acted quickly to protect our students, faculty and staff.


We ask for privacy as our community grapples with this te

This is a developing story that will be updated when more information is available.


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