Nashville Faculty Shooter Messaged Buddy Minutes Earlier than Bloodbath

The suspected shooter who killed three youngsters and three adults at a college in Nashville on Monday morning despatched a collection of darkish messages to a buddy within the minutes main as much as the assault, in line with a report.

Police recognized Audrey Hale, 28, because the particular person liable for the bloodshed on the Covenant Faculty. In an announcement, authorities stated the primary 911 name about pictures being fired on the non-public Christian college was made at 10:13 a.m.

Simply minutes earlier, a former center college basketball teammate of Hale’s advised WTVF she obtained an Instagram message from the alleged killer. “I’m planning to die at the moment,” the message despatched to Averianna Patton learn. “THIS IS NOT A JOKE!!!!”

Hale adopted up by telling Patton that: “You’ll in all probability hear about me on the information after I die. That is my final goodbye. I really like you. See you once more in one other life.” The primary message, which was timestamped at 9:57 a.m., seems to have been despatched round 16 minutes earlier than the primary 911 name was made.

Hale signed off the message to Patton as “Audrey (Aiden).” Police initially described Hale as an adolescent, then a 28-year-old girl, later including that Hale was transgender. A supply near the Hale household advised The Day by day Beast that Hale had “comparatively lately” began “figuring out as he/him.”

Patton replied to the alarming message by saying that Hale had “a lot extra life to reside.” “I do know however I don’t wish to reside,” Hale replied. “I’m so sorry. I’m not attempting to upset you or get consideration. I simply must die.”

Hale went on inform Patton that she was being advised first as a result of she is “probably the most stunning particular person I’ve ever seen and identified all my life.” “My household doesn’t know what I’m about to do,” Hale continued. “Someday it will make extra sense. I’ve left greater than sufficient proof behind. However one thing dangerous is about to occur.”

Patton advised WTVF that Hale had beforehand spoken to others about feeling suicidal so she knew to take the messages critically. At her father’s instruction, Patton stated she contacted the Suicide Prevention Assist Line at 10:08 a.m. earlier than calling the Nashville Davidson County Sheriff’s Workplace 5 minutes later. They in flip advised her to name Nashville’s non-emergency line, Patton stated.

“I known as Nashville’s non-emergency line at 10:14 a.m. and was on maintain for almost seven minutes earlier than talking with somebody who stated that they might ship an officer to my dwelling,” Patton stated. “An officer didn’t come to my dwelling till 3:29 p.m.”

Patton stated she shared Hale’s messages as a result of she thinks officers ought to have responded to her data with extra urgency. “After cellphone calls from buddies and Audrey’s title was launched because the shooter at Covenant Nashville college, I discovered that Audrey was the shooter and that she had reached out to me previous to the capturing,” Patton stated. “My coronary heart is with all the households affected and I’m devastated by what has occurred.”

Nashville Police have recognized the grownup victims of Monday’s capturing as Mike Hill, 61, Cynthia Peak, 61, and Katherine Koonce, 60. The youngsters have been named as Evelyn Dieckhaus, William Kinney, and Hallie Scruggs, all 9 years outdated.

In case you or a beloved one are fighting suicidal ideas, please attain out to the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Disaster Textual content Line by texting TALK to 741741. You too can textual content or dial 988.