Nashville Police have conducted a search of the transgender shooting suspect who opened fire in a local Christian school, leaving three children and three adults dead, and made a rather disturbing discovery. Audrey Hale, the name of the suspect, had a suicide note, weapons, and ammunition hoarded in her home, according to a new report released on Tuesday.
The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department released a list of 47 items that were found by local law enforcement officers conducting a search warrant at Hale’s residency, NBC News reported, according to Fox News.
“Those items reportedly included several journals, a shotgun, cellphones and laptops, as well as folders and journals with notes on firearms courses and school shootings. According to the outlet, police said officers also found a school photo and five yearbooks from The Covenant School. Fox News Digital reached out to Nashville police Tuesday seeking a copy of the list but did not immediately hear back before publication,” the report revealed.
Local authorities stated that Hale was under the care of a medical professional for an as of now undisclosed emotional disorder. She scattered weapons throughout the family home, hidden from view, an act that was totally unknown to her parents. Police also revealed that Hale legally purchased seven weapons from five different stores, going on later to sell one of the guns. Three of the weapons she purchased were used in the horrific shooting at Covenant School.
“The ongoing investigation into the March 27 murders of six persons inside The Covenant School continues to show, from all information currently available, that killer Audrey Hale acted totally alone,” Metropolitan Nashville Police Department went on to say in an update Monday. “In the collective writings by Hale found in her vehicle in the school parking lot, and others later found in the bedroom of her home, she documented, in journals, her planning over a period of months to commit mass murder at The Covenant School.”
Police stated that Hale’s writings are currently being reviewed by the MNPD, along with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, which is based out of Quantico, Virginia.
“The motive for Hale’s actions has not been established and remains under investigation by the Homicide Unit in consultation with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. It is known that Hale considered the actions of other mass murderers,” the press release went on to say. “The investigation shows that Hale fired a total of 152 rounds (126 5.56 rifle rounds and 26 nine millimeter rounds) from the time she shot her way into the school until she was killed by police. Two officers fired on Hale.”
“Officer Rex Engelbert discharged a total of four 5.56 rounds from his rifle and Officer Michael Collazo discharged a total of four rounds from his department-issued nine-millimeter pistol,” Fox News reported.
“Scores of police personnel from a number of components responded to the Covenant call last Monday. The department’s Professional Wellness Section is conducting critical incident debriefings, including daily wellness checks, for involved personnel,” the release also stated. “The MNPD’s Homicide Unit is leading the investigation into the murders of the six victims. The Cold Case Unit is working with the TBI in the investigation of the fatal police shooting of Hale.”