Surveillance footage from the Nashville school shooting appears to show Audrey Hale stalking school halls while carrying two assault rifles, not long after she reportedly sent a friend a terrifying “suicide note” in which she claimed she planned to die today.
“NONE OF THIS IS A JOKE! I intend to pass away today.” Before the shooting, the Nashville shooter reportedly texted a friend
Earlier on Monday morning, NewsChannel 5 reported that Hale, 28, had messaged Averianna Patton, a friend and former middle school basketball partner, on Instagram. Hale is suspected of killing three children and three adults at the Covenant School on Monday.
“Therefore, that statement I made about you on this site was essentially a suicide note. In alleged messages Patton gave the outlet, Hale allegedly used the name Aiden and wrote, “I’m planning to die today.” Hale, who identified as transgender, allegedly wrote, “THIS IS NOT A JOKE!!!” “After I pass away, you’ll probably hear about me on the news.”
Then, according to reports, Hale said: “This is my last farewell. I adore you. I’ll see you in another existence. “Audrey,” was her handwritten signature (Aiden).
“Audrey! You still have a lot of life left to enjoy. I hope that God protects and keeps you,” Patton retorted.
A former basketball teammate of Nashville shooter Audrey Hale received worrying text messages the morning of the shooting.
The unidentified person reached out to police but was not interviewed until later that day, after the murders at Covenant School. https://t.co/klTY3FJbpk
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) March 28, 2023
My God. This is one deranged, sick murderer…… Audrey Hale. pic.twitter.com/m1PwH2VkNU
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) March 28, 2023
Hale replied, “I know, but I don’t want to survive. So apologetic again. I’m not attempting to annoy you or draw your notice. Just let me pass away. You are the most stunning individual I have ever seen or known, so I wanted to let you know first.
Video Shows Shooter Opening Fire Outside Before Stalking The School’s Hallways
Hale continued, “My family is unaware of what I’m about to do. This will make more sense in time. I’ve provided more than enough proof. However, something negative is about to occur.
Only a few minutes later, Hale was captured on CCTV video firing out the front doors of the exclusive Christian college before walking inside the building carrying two assault rifles and a handgun.
The video shows Hale stalking the school’s halls as he shoots three 9-year-old students and three teachers before being shot and killed by police just before 10:30 a.m., 14 minutes after authorities received a call reporting an active shooter.
Hale fired a number of rounds inside the Covenant Church/School building. She was armed with these 3 guns and significant ammunition. pic.twitter.com/3LYOU2r0sh
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) March 28, 2023
“When my father told me to call the suicide prevention help line at 10:08 a.m., I attempted to reassure and uplift her before doing so,” Patton told NewsChannel 5.
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Audrey had previously admitted to having suicidal thoughts, so Patton continued, “I knew to treat this seriously [sic].”
In addition, Hale’s companion informed the media outlet that she had attempted to contact the Nashville Davidson County Sheriff’s Office but had been directed to dial the city’s non-emergency number instead, where she waited nearly seven minutes before speaking with anyone.
“At 10:14 a.m., I called Nashville’s non-emergency number, and I waited nearly seven minutes on hold before speaking with someone who promised to dispatch an officer to my home. According to Patton, an officer did not visit her house until 3:29 p.m.”
“I discovered that Audrey was the shooter and that she had contacted me before the shooting,” Patton continued, “after phone calls from friends and Audrey’s name was published as the Covenant Nashville school shooter.”
*Unconfirmed* reports identify the Nashville shooter as “Audrey Hale”, a biological female that identifies as “He/Him” on their LinkedIn
Authorities believe the transgender shooter previously attended the Christian school
Instagram account “creative.aiden” has been deleted pic.twitter.com/ybdQVQsZ6H
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) March 27, 2023
“I am heartbroken over what has occurred, and my thoughts are with all the impacted families,” Patton continued.
Ex student identified as the shooter; she left behind a manifesto and a map used to plan the massacre
Authorities speculate that Hale, a former student of the Christian college, may have harbored animosity toward the institution. She allegedly left a manifesto and a map that she used to plot the massacre behind, according to police.
As of Tuesday, the precise reason still remained a mystery.
Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and Williams Kinney, three 9-year-olds, as well as custodian Mike Hill, 61, substitute teacher Cynthia Peak, 61, and principal Katherine Koonce, 60, have since been named as the fatalities, according to authorities.
The flag was flown at half-mast on Tuesday at the White House in remembrance of the deceased.
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (988), which is available around-the-clock, if you are having suicidal thoughts or are going through a mental health problem. You can also visit SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.
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