Nashville shooting timeline: How the massacre unfolded at the Covenant School
Written by ABC Audio ALL RIGHTS RESERVED on March 29, 2023
(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Three children and three adults were killed in a mass shooting at the Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday.
The alleged shooter, who was identified by police as 28-year-old Nashville resident Audrey Elizabeth Hale, was killed by officers.
Here is the timeline of what took place, according to investigators. All times are local.
9:53 a.m.: The suspect’s vehicle is seen on surveillance cameras arriving at the school and parking in the parking lot.
9:57 a.m.: The suspect sends a message on Instagram to a former basketball friend from middle school, where the suspect stated, “I am planning to die today.”
10:10 a.m.: The suspect is seen in surveillance footage shooting through the front door and entering the building.
10:13 a.m.: Nashville Police receive the first call of an active shooter inside Covenant School.
10:21 a.m.: The first responding officers arrived on campus, law enforcement officials said.
10:23 a.m.: The first officers enter the school, according to investigators. Police body-worn camera footage shows officers going room-to-room looking for the shooter, clearing classrooms and speeding past at least one body in a hallway.
10:24 a.m.: A team of five officers arrived on the second level and followed the sound of gunfire toward the shooter, according to police body-worn camera footage.
10:25 a.m.: Two officers engaged the suspect, and the suspect is reported down, according to law enforcement officials.
10:27 a.m.: The suspected shooter is declared dead, investigators said.
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