The Police of the city of Nashville, in the southeastern United States, released this Tuesday, March 28, a video of the camera worn by one of the officers in his uniform, where it is seen how they locate and manage to kill a Audrey Halethe young transgender who killed six people in a shooting at a school from the state of Tennessee.
Local police chief John Drake identified the shooter as 28-year-old Audrey Hale, who identified herself as a man. Officers arrived at the scene about 15 minutes after the first emergency call, around 10 a.m. local time, and confronted Hale, who responded before being shot.
In the video, published by the site MailOnlineit is seen how a group of police officers enter the establishment where the attack was taking place, go through the classrooms in search of the shooter and finally locate Hale on the second floor.
Once there, he fell to the ground after four shots fired by one of the officers with a semi-automatic weapon. Moments later, another of the officers approaches, I fly fire and take his weapons to avoid a counterattack.
The girl, it later emerged, had prepared maps detailing surveillance and entry points to the school, and also left a written manifesto suggesting she was planning further attacks elsewhere.
Video: sensitive images
At this time, the Nashville police are investigating the precise motive behind the bloody attack in which three students and three staff members of a Christian elementary school were shot dead The Covenant School, of which Audrey Hale was a former student, according to reports.
Among the victims were an eight-year-old boy and two nine-year-olds – one of them the daughter of the church’s pastor – and two teachers: one of them was a long-time director of the school, where about 200 students attend.
Massacre in a US school: a former student killed three children and three adults
“I was prepared for a confrontation,” police said of the weapons Audrey Hale had
In video released by Nashville Police, Hale is seen shooting through a set of glass doors into the school, before stalking through the empty hallways carrying an assault rifle.
armed with “at least two assault rifles and a pistol”, According to police, and wearing a black military-style vest, camouflage pants and a red baseball cap, Hale entered and proceeded through the building, opening doors and through what would be the reception area.
Police said at least two of the guns were purchased legally, adding that Hale had several rounds of ammunition and was “prepared for a confrontation” with the agents. In the car in which the former student went to the scene, the police found more material prepared for the shooting.
“I’m planning to die today”: Hale’s warning to a friend before the attack
The girl’s former schoolmate, Averianna Patton, told the network CNN that Hale posted a message on her Instagram account the morning of the shooting, and that he also contacted her by private message.
At 9:57 a.m., he wrote: “Basically, that post I made here about you, it was basically a suicide note.” And he added: “I’m planning to die today. THIS IS NOT A JOKE!!! You’ll probably hear about me on the news after I die. This is my last goodbye. I love you. See you in another life “. The message bears the signature of the young woman and the name with which she identified herself, Aiden.
Hale and Patton had practiced basketball together in high school and remained friends afterward. Patton claimed that she called authorities to alert them shortly before the attack began.
In her last messages, she also told her friend that her family didn’t know what she was about to do. “Someday this will make more sense,” she Hale wrote. “I left behind more than enough evidence. But something bad is about to happen,” she pointed out.
Seeking a motive, Police Chief John Drake told NBC News that “there is some conviction that there was some resentment that he had to go to that school.” “He targeted random students…anyone he passed shot him,” he added.
Asked if Hale’s gender identity could have been a factor in the attack, police spokesmen indicated that all leads are being investigated.
In accordance with The New York Times, the school was founded by the Covenant Presbyterian Church, a church that belongs to a conservative denomination.
In a brief telephone interview with the television network ABC NewsHale’s mother, Norma Hale, said: “It’s very, very difficult right now…”.
As the United States digests a new mass shooting, many people left offerings, flowers and stuffed animals at a makeshift memorial outside the school on Tuesday, while others said prayers.
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