Nashville Police Chief John Drake told reporters on Monday the shooter who attacked a private Christian elementary school, killing three young children and three adults, did not attack a different location because there was too much security.
Audrey Elizabeth Hale, 28, who identified as transgender, gained access to the church by shooting out the glass doors. Nashville police officers were able to arrive and kill Hale within 14 minutes of the first call. Drake said Hale did a threat assessment of the location before deciding to attack the Covenant School.
The six victims fatally shot by the shooter at Covenant School are identified as: Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney, all age 9, Cynthia Peak, age 61, Katherine Koonce, age 60, and Mike Hill, age 61.
Drake confirmed the school was specifically targeted by Hale. Police also found a manifesto written by Hale.
Nashville Shooter did a threat assessment of another school but decided against an attack due to too much security. Now read that again! pic.twitter.com/2b7Hlem1q4
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Body camera footage from the shooting shows officers rushing in and clearing the building before reaching the second floor. Officers Rex Englebert, a four-year MNPD veteran, and Michael Collazo, a nine-year MNPD veteran, each shot Hale, who was shooting at other officers through a window.
Hale identifying as transgender and having a manifesto could point to motivation for the attack since Tennessee Governor Bill Lee (R) signed a bill banning transitioning medical services for children earlier this month. Puberty blockers, hormone treatments, and surgeries are not allowed to be given to children under the new law, according to the Tennesseean.
In my High School, on the second floor in a class room, we had an emergency evacuation Tube, about 36 inches in Diameter. The Tube enabled students to slide down the tube directly to the ground and would evacuate the second floor quickly and safely. The small access door for the Tube, could only be opened from the inside. It was the responsibility of the room’s teacher to handle the evacuation. Large schools may require more than one evacuation tube.
In addition to the escape Tubes on the upper floor(s), emergency exit doors could be installed and strategically located in class rooms on the ground floor. Rooms could have doors to adjacent rooms that have exit doors to avoid entering the hallways. Again these exit doors would enable the evacuation of students quickly and safely to the outside without exposing students in the hallways.
14 minutes from first shot fired till the shot from an officer ended the mass shooters life. It appears the police involved in the texas school shooting a while back could learn a thing or 2 about having some balls from the nashville officers. I have an idea that nation wide there are private gun owners with in a few blocks of every single school that would respond to any shots fired at a school and be on the scene faster then police can respond and would not hessitate to take out a mass shooter. Perhaps rapid response teams should be something thought about for future safety of schools.