An inventory of things discovered during the search warrant conducted at the house of the gunman who killed six people at a Nashville school last week revealed a suicide note in addition to additional guns and ammo.
The search warrant and the documents located in it were made public on Tuesday, a little over a week after the shooting at The Covenant School, in which former student Audrey Hale killed three 9-year-olds and three adults.
Authorities found multiple yearbooks and a school photo from Covenant School, in addition to the shooter’s diaries, according to the warrant that was executed the day of the shooting. Among the topics covered are “school shootings; firearm classes,” as shown by the list’s description of a few of the publications.
The list indicates that 47 objects were confiscated. The incident, which authorities claimed was organized “over a period of months,” involved 152 shots fired by Hale, 28. According to the statement, Hale “considered the actions of other mass murderers,” before deciding to “act absolutely alone.”
Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake previously stated that Hale, who authorities claimed was under care for a mental problem, had legally acquired seven weapons and hidden them throughout his home. The attack, in which Hale used three firearms, stopped when Nashville police came and confronted Hale.
According to Nashville police spokesperson Don Aaron, two officers opened fire on Hale at 10:27 a.m., 14 minutes after the shooter entered the private Christian school, and killed him. The moment was captured on bodycam footage that was later provided by police.
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The motive for the attack is still unknown, however authorities have previously stated that Hale’s writings, which are currently being analyzed by police and the FBI, indicate that it was “calculated and planned.” Police say Hale specifically targeted the school and the affiliated church, although it is more likely that he randomly opened fire on anyone within the building.
After a mass shooting at The Covenant School on March 27 in Nashville, Tennessee, Metro Nashville Police and FBI agents examine a property.
By Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean/Associated Press
Eight people were killed in the school shooting: three ninth-graders named Evelyn Dieckhaus, William Kinney, and Hallie Scruggs; a 61-year-old janitor; a 61-year-old substitute teacher; and the 60-year-old principal, Katherine Koonce.
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