Nashville police released hidden camera footage of police responding to a shooting at a private Christian school on Tuesday. which resulted in the deaths of 3 children and 3 adults.
The Nashville Metropolitan Police Department was called to The Covenant School at 10:13 a.m. Monday to report the shooter. Just 14 minutes later, the suspected shooter The woman, identified as Audrey Hale, 28, was shot dead by officers on the second floor.
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“MNPD officers Rex Engelbert, a four-year veteran, and Michael Collazo, a nine-year veteran, were part of the first response team at Covenant campus (Monday) and entered the building immediately,” the department said in a description of footage published on YouTube. Two shot guns at the murdered. This is their camera footage.”
The video begins with bodycam footage of Engelbert. It shows him arriving at school and picking up a rifle from the back of his police car. when approaching school An adult wearing a lanyard tells him, “The children are all locked up. But we have two children we don’t know where they are.”
Engelbert entered the building. Inside, sirens can be heard overhead as officers move through the school to clear empty classrooms and restrooms. In about two minutes and 40 seconds of tense action. will hear a sound like a gunshot “I think it’s upstairs—looks upstairs,” Engelbert said to another officer as he ran toward the stairs.
On the second floor, Engelbert joined other armed officers. The gunfire is much louder and much closer. The group then made their way down the corridor to the sound of the gunfire. At the end of the corridor, Engelbert saw the gunman stand by a large window and opened fire. The suspect collapsed to the ground and the officer moved in, firing another shot.
One of the officers was heard shouting at the shooter: “Stop moving” and tell them. Collazo then sees Collazo move the firearm away from the shooter, who has collapsed on the ground.
The video also shows Collazo’s body-mounted footage as he enters the school and goes upstairs to confront the gunman. He too opened fire and was heard saying “suspicious” before moving his gun.
Nashville police said Hale shot through a second-floor window at officers when they reached the ground floor. Hale is armed with an AR-style rifle. AR-style handguns and handguns were fired through a locked side entry, Nashville Police Chief John Drake said Monday.
In a press release on Monday evening Authorities identified the victims of the massacre as three nine-year-olds, Evelyn Deakhouse, William Kinney and Halle Skooks. The adults killed were listed as caretakers. School Mike Hill, 61, substitute teacher Cynthia Peak, 61, and head of school, Katherine Koonce, 60.
The motive for Hale’s attack has not been established, but Drake suggests that “dissatisfaction” with the school may have played a role. him minutes before the shooting began.
Old family members and friends describe Hale to The Daily Beast as a quiet art student who recently switched to pronouns in his place.