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‘Resentment’ may have driven Nashville school shooter Audrey Hale: cop

Nashville school shooter Audrey Hale may have been driven to kill by “resentment,” according to the city’s top cop.

Police have said Hale was a former student at The Covenant School, a private Christian elementary school, where Hale slaughtered three 9-year-old students and three adults Monday morning before police closed in and killed her.

But they have yet to pinpoint a clear motive.

“There’s some belief that there was some resentment for having to go to that school,” Police Chief John Drake told NBC News’ Lester Holt Monday evening. “Don’t have all the details to that just yet and that’s why this incident occurred.”

At an earlier press conference, Drake said Hale identified as transgender, though police referred to her as a woman.

It’s unclear whether Hale identified as a man or woman and investigators are looking into whether her identity played a role in the mass shooting.

A search of Hale’s Nashville home turned up a manifesto, as well as detailed maps of the school.

Audrey Hale killed children and teachers at The Covenant School in Nashville.
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She was armed with two assault rifles and a handgun, cops said.

Hale’s mother, Norma Hale, worked as a coordinator at a local church and posted about religion frequently on Facebook.

She also gushed about her two children, Audrey and her brother Scott, regularly.

Law enforcement officers and members of the U.S. marshals
Hale had a manifesto about the shooting in her home.
Reuters/ Kevin Wurm

Students from The Covenant
Students from The Covenant School get off a bus to meet their parents at the reunification site at the Woodmont Baptist Church.
AP/Mark Zaleski

Drake said while Audrey targeted Covenant, “she targeted random students in the school … whoever she came in contact with, she fired rounds.”

The dead included 9-year-olds Hallie Scruggs, the daughter of the school’s pastor; Evelyn Dieckhaus and William Kenney — and adults Cynthia Peak, 61; Katherine Koonce, 60; and Mike Hill, 61.

Koonce was the academy’s headmistress.

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