Heartbroken Nashville community grapples with school shooting as police uncover more details about the shooter

Police are learning more information about the 28-year-old shooter as the grieving Nashville community deals with the mass shooting that killed three 9-year-old children and three adults at a private Christian school.

During the course of the attack, which took place at The Covenant School on Monday morning, the heavily armed shooter killed six people before being fatally shot by responding police officers.

According to Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake, the shooter's parents, who have been identified as Audrey Hale,

told police that they knew their daughter had purchased and sold one firearm and that they thought that was all there had been.

Drake claimed that Hale had legally purchased seven concealed firearms while receiving treatment for an emotional disorder. I

In the attack on Monday, three of those weapons—including an AR-style rifle—were used.

After discovering that Hale had written about the shooting, had detailed maps of the school, and had scouted a second potential attack location in Nashville,

police have concluded that the attack was pre-planned. The shooter sent Hale's childhood friend unsettling messages just before the attack, she also admitted.

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