Audrey Hale, the trans-male suspect who committed mass murder at The Covenant School killing three children and three adults, had previously attended the school. Before she opened fire, Hale contacted a friend and former basketball teammate at the school, according to a recent report.
WTVF in Nashville is reporting on this story and it keeps getting more and more tragic.
“NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — At 9:57 a.m., a former middle school basketball teammate of Audrey Hale looked at her phone to find a message from The Covenant School shooter on Instagram.
Averianna Patton said she saw the message that Hale planned to die by suicide and that Patton would see it on the news. In the messages Patton provided to NewsChannel 5, Hale told Patton she would see her again in another life. Hale told Patton about no longer wanting to live and the need to die.
‘One day this will make more sense,’ Hale wrote. ‘I’ve left behind more than enough evidence behind. But something bad is about to happen,’” WTVF wrote.
Patton tried to intercede telling Hale that she “had so much more life to live,” Hale responded with “I know but I don’t want to live. I’m so sorry. I’m not trying to upset you or get attention. I just need to die.”
Patton called the police at 10:14 a.m., but was referred to the department’s “non-emergency number.”
The shooter died in a shoot-out with police at 10:27 a.m.
“I called Nashville’s non-emergency line at 10:14 a.m. and was on hold for nearly seven minutes before speaking with someone who said that they would send an officer to my home. An officer did not come to my home until 3:29 p.m.,” Patton said.
Patton believes that more urgency should have been shown when she reached out to officials for help. She said, “My heart is with all of the families affected and I’m devastated by what has happened.”
— New York Post (@nypost) March 28, 2023
NEW: Audrey Hale reached out to Averianna Patton, a former basketball teammate moments before committing the mass shooting at Covenant School in Nashville. https://t.co/xEji0aPmDD pic.twitter.com/auMA60CdDU
— FoxNashville (@FOXNashville) March 28, 2023