The individual who was once a student at a Christian elementary school in Nashville and responsible for killing three children and three adults had meticulously planned the attack by creating a detailed map of the school that included possible entry points, and conducting surveillance of the building beforehand.
Although Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake did not reveal the shooter’s exact motive for unleashing gunfire at The Covenant School on Monday morning, he shared disturbing evidence of the attacker’s intricate preparations for the specific assault.
This tragic incident is one of several mass shootings that have left the nation increasingly alarmed by violence in educational institutions, the Associated Press reported.
“We have a manifesto, we have some writings that we’re going over that pertain to this date, the actual incident,” he told reporters. “We have a map drawn out of how this was all going to take place.”
He said in an interview with NBC News that investigators believe the shooter had “some resentment for having to go to that school,” as reported by the AP.
Among those who tragically lost their lives were three 9-year-old children, as well as the school’s principal, a substitute teacher, and a custodian.
As the harrowing events unfolded, a typical pattern emerged: Anxious parents hurried to the school to ensure the safety of their children, embracing them tearfully, while the community mourned the loss of the victims through candlelight vigils and memorials.
Written by staff