Nashville police released bodycam video from the Covenant School shooting response. They killed the shooter Audrey Elizabeth Hale (a 28-year-old transgender former student) who had shot three 9-year-olds and three adults Monday.
As he pulls out a rifle from the back of his police vehicle, a woman says to Nashville Officer Rex Englebert: “The children are all locked down, but we have two children that we don’t know where they are.”
He says, “OK.” “Yes ma’am.”
Soon, sirens sound as he opens a side door and leads his charge inside the building. The officers search the classrooms with determination before hearing gunshots three minutes into the video. They sprint up the stairs to reach the second floor.
The rampage ends with Hale being fatally injured about 25 seconds later.
Global Security’s CEO, Dave Katz, a former DEA Special Agent who managed the agency’s ballistic-shield program in the 1990s, referred to the officers who overthrew Hale as “heroes indeed.”
“That’s exactly what has to be done,” he stated. “Heedless of officer safety, you enter and dispatch the shooter.”
According to the Metro Nashville Police Department, Hale was a graduate of the school many years ago.
According to them, the killer had written evidence that indicated the attack was planned and calculated.
Its website states that the Covenant School was established in 2001 by the Covenant Presbyterian Church. It served children in Pre-K through 6th grade.
Hallie Scruggs was the child victim, as were Evelyn Dieckhaus, and William Kinney. Police identified the victims as Katherine Koonce (60), Cynthia Peak (61), and Mike Hill (61).
Hale arrived in a Honda Fit Monday morning at 10:15 AM, where police found the manifesto.
“Significant ammunition” was brought by the shooter, along with three weapons: two semiautomatic rifles (and a handgun) and one gun.
MNPD Officers Rex Engelbert, a 4-year veteran, and Michael Collazo, a 9-year veteran, were part of a team of first responders to the Covenant campus Mon morning. They fired on the active shooter, who was killed. This is their body camera footage. https://t.co/17qsZM6bNp pic.twitter.com/g4b0nMTFRD
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) March 28, 2023
Responding officers quickly took down the shooter within 15 minutes.
Police claimed that Hale opened fire from a second-story window on responding officers before Officers Rex Englebert (Official) and Michael Collazo (Officers) put an end to the violence.
Investigators served a search warrant at Hale’s home about three miles away and found hand-drawn maps of the school, a sawed-off shotgun, and a second shotgun, along with other unspecified evidence.