Nashville faculty shooter Audrey Hale despatched a pal a chilling “suicide word” minutes earlier than slaughtering three kids and three adults – writing her: “I’m planning to die right this moment.”
Hale, 28, messaged Averianna Patton, her former center faculty basketball teammate, on Instagram at 9:57 a.m. Monday, NewsChannel 5 reported.
“So mainly that submit I made on right here about you, that was mainly a suicide word. I’m planning to die right this moment,” Hale wrote, utilizing the identify Aiden, based on messages Patton gave the outlet.
“THIS IS NOT A JOKE!!!” wrote Hale, who recognized as transgender. “You’ll in all probability hear about me on the information after I die.”
Hale added: “That is my final goodbye. I really like you … See you once more in one other life.” She signed the missive “Audrey (Aiden).”
Patton replied: “Audrey! You have got a lot extra life to stay. I pray God retains and covers you.”
In response, Hale wrote: “I do know however I don’t wish to stay. I’m so sorry. I’m not making an attempt to upset you or get consideration. I simply must die. I needed to inform you first as a result of you’re the most lovely particular person I’ve ever seen and recognized all my life.”
She added: “My household doesn’t know what I’m about to do. Sooner or later this may make extra sense. I’ve left greater than sufficient proof behind. However one thing unhealthy is about to occur.”
Moments later, Hale shot out the entrance doorways of The Covenant College, a personal Christian academy, and walked inside clutching two assault rifles and a handgun.
She gunned down three 9-years-olds and three staffers earlier than she was fatally shot by police at 10:27 a.m. — 14 minutes after they acquired a name about an energetic shooter.
“I attempted to consolation and encourage her and subsequently reached out to the Suicide Prevention Assist Line after being instructed to by my father at 10:08 a.m.,” Patton instructed NewsChannel 5.
“Audrey has shared with others that she had been suicidal prior to now and I knew to take this critical [sic],” she added.
The pal instructed the outlet she known as the Nashville Davidson County Sheriff’s Workplace at 10:13 a.m. in regards to the matter and was instructed to name Nashville’s non-emergency quantity.
“I known as Nashville’s non-emergency line at 10:14 a.m. and was on maintain for almost seven minutes earlier than talking with somebody who stated that they’d ship an officer to my dwelling. An officer didn’t come to my dwelling till 3:29 p.m.,” Patton instructed the station.
“After cellphone calls from associates and Audrey’s identify was launched because the shooter at Covenant Nashville faculty, I discovered that Audrey was the shooter and that she had reached out to me previous to the taking pictures,” she stated.
“My coronary heart is with the entire households affected and I’m devastated by what has occurred,” Patton added.
Hale, who was a former pupil on the faculty, killed 9-year-olds Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs and Williams Kinney, custodian Mike Hill, 61, substitute instructor Cynthia Peak, 61, and college headmaster Katherine Koonce, 60, officers stated.
Police stated she left behind a manifesto and a map that she used to pla the bloodbath.
If you’re scuffling with suicidal ideas or are experiencing a psychological well being disaster and stay in New York Metropolis, you’ll be able to name 1-888-NYC-WELL free of charge and confidential disaster counseling. If you happen to stay exterior the 5 boroughs, you’ll be able to dial the 24/7 Nationwide Suicide Prevention hotline at 988 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.