Disturbing social media messages shared by Audrey Elizabeth Hale before the massacre took place have emerged.
Prior to the mass shooting on Monday, the alleged suspect wishes farewell to a friend and states in a social media post:
‘One day this will make more sense. I’ve left behind more than enough evidence behind. But something bad is about to happen,’ he wrote.
Nashville police have released video of the moment a transgender mass killer entered a school before shooting six people dead, including three nine-year-olds.
Audrey Elizabeth Hale, a biological woman that identified as a male called Aiden, was shot dead after they were confronted by police at the private Christian school.
Hale, 28, who lived in Nashville, Tennessee, was armed with two assault-type weapons and a handgun when he carried out the attack.
Hale who was a former student had a manifesto and detailed maps of the Christian school, and entered the building by shooting through its doors before the killings.
The video shows the doors’ panes smashing into smithereens as Hale makes their way in. Hale is shown wandering the school premises holding the rifle.
Police chief John Drake said: We have a manifesto. We have some writings that we’re going over that pertain to this day, the actual incident. We have a map drawn out about how this was all going to take place.’
Students Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs and William Kinney, all aged nine, died in the incident.
Headmistress Katherine Koonce, 60, was among of the adult victims of the shooting, according to police, as were staff members Cynthia Peak and Mike Hill, both aged 61.
Officers started receiving reports of an attack at 10.13am (4.13pm UK time) and as police began clearing the ground floor of the school they heard gunfire coming from the second floor.
Two officers from a five-member team opened fire in response and fatally shot the suspect at 10.27am (4.27pm).
The three children, who were all students, were pronounced dead after they arrived at hospital.
The attacker died in a confrontation with five officers.
A possible motive for Hale’s gun violence is still not known.
Watch the video of the shooting below