Weapons, journals, suicide note found in Nashville shooter’s home, gov proposes $140M to arm school guards

Nashville officers raided the home of transgender shooter Audrey Hale following her murder spree and recovered ammo, weapons, several journals, a dozen school yearbooks, several writings, and a suicide note, according to court documents.

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It is becoming apparent that the murderous assault at a Nashville elementary school had been planned for months. Hale had legally purchased seven guns and ammunition.

The cache of evidence was found a day after Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and other state officials announced a $200 million-plus proposal aimed at strengthening school safety which included $140 million to arm teachers in classrooms and place armed guards at “every public school.” The administration also pushed $20 million for public schools and $7 million for private schools to upgrade their security.

A proposed $30 million would also go toward an expanded “statewide homeland security network” consisting of 122 agents serving public and private schools. A further $8 million would be set aside for health liaisons.

Governor Lee also told The Tennessean on Friday, “Individuals who are a threat to themselves or to others shouldn’t have access to weapons.”

Hale broke through the locked glass front doors of the school and entered the building with murder in mind. The transgender then shot and killed three 9-year-old children and three staff members. Armed with two rifles and a handgun, Hale reportedly fired 152 rounds as she carried out a 14-minute killing spree before police gunned her down. Officers Rex Engelbert and Michael Collazo each fired four rounds neutralizing the threat and ending Hale’s misguided life.

Nine-year-olds Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney were killed during the monstrous attack, as well as school janitor Mike Hill, substitute teacher Cynthia Peak and headmistress Katherine Koonce, who reportedly ran toward Hale in an attempt to stop her, sacrificing her life doing so.

The search warrant for Hale’s home where she lived with her parents was executed by the Metro Nashville Police Department just hours later around 3 pm. When they left they had dozens of items that ranged anywhere from computers to guns. The police provided a long list of items seized that was obtained by the New York Post on Tuesday.

The list was nine pages long with 47 lines of items seized from the home. It included 20 journals, Hale’s suicide note, other notes written by the transgender, two memoirs, five Covenant School yearbooks, five laptops, hard drives, and seven cellphones, according to the New York Post.

One line from the list describes items as “3 folders” and what appears to be “9 journals.” It goes on to note “school shootings; firearms courses.”

Ammunition, shooting targets, firearms, and miscellaneous weapon accessories were also seized.

The document also lists home videos, a 2023 planner, artwork, a resume, details related to passwords, and a yearbook from Isaiah T. Creswell Middle School of the Arts.

Hale’s parents, Ron and Norma, claim they did not approve of the weapons and thought that their daughter had sold them.

When the police searched Hale’s car, they reportedly found a manifesto-type document and detailed maps.

On Monday, police said that Hale had “considered the actions of other mass murderers” and had left behind a trove of writings.

“In the collective writings by Hale found in her vehicle in the school parking lot, and others later found in the bedroom of her home, she documented, in journals, her planning over a period of months to commit mass murder at the Covenant School,” the Metro Nashville Police Department said Monday in a statement.

Before dying in a hail of gunfire, the shooter left a haunting message on Instagram to a friend named Averianna Patton.

According to the Daily Mail, at 9.57 am, Hale wrote, “So basically that post I made on here about you, that was basically a suicide note. I’m planning to die today. THIS IS NOT A JOKE!!! You’ll probably hear about me on the news after I die. This is my last goodbye. I love you. See you again in another life. Audrey (Aiden).”

Patton immediately called the police but it was already too late.

The motive for Hale’s killing spree has not been established and remains under investigation by the Homicide Unit in consultation with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit.

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