Graphic video has been released of the moment the Nashville school attacker was shot dead by police.Audrey Elizabeth Hale, who identified as transgender and was a former student of the private Christian school, killed three children and three adults before being stopped.
Bodycam footage from Officer Rex Engelbert shows him opening fire with a rifle several times on Hale before the perpetrator falls to the ground injured.Police then head towards the 28-year-old just a few metres away as officers shout “move, move”, and “watch out, watch out”.The attacker, now on the floor, is hit by several more police gunshots before an officer yells to the suspect “stop moving, stop moving”, with the killer appearing to be still alive.
Footage shows the attacker just before they were shot
The attacker’s body is shown lying on the ground after officers opened fire
Audrey Hale. Pic: Metro Nashville Police Department
An officer shouts: “Throw your hands away from the gun, get your hands away from the gun.”Hale’s body is then shown lying next to the weapons, including a rifle and a handgun, used in the deadly Monday morning attack on the second floor of the Covenant School in Tennessee.
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A second clip shows what happened from a different angle with bodycam footage from Officer Michael Collazo. He is shown firing his pistol at Hale in the second volley of shots after the assailant was already on the ground.Minutes earlier, the officers had stormed the building as video showed several going from empty classroom to empty classroom before making their way to the second floor.
Several gunshots are heard in the footage as officers run down a hallway – past what appears to be a victim – and into a lounge area, where the suspect is seen dropping to the floor after being shot.Police said the suspect was killed after a confrontation with officers.Read more:What we know about killer Audrey HaleVideo of Nashville school killer entering buildingWhy Nashville tragedy could have been even worse
The start of the police video shows Officer Engelbert retrieving a rifle from his car boot before a staff member directs him to the entrance, telling him that the school is locked down but at least two children are not accounted for.”Let’s go! I need three!” the officer yells as he uses a key to unlock a door and enter the building, where alarms can beheard ringing.Hale was described by officials as a “lone zealot”, who lived in Nashville, and was armed with two assault-type weapons, and a handgun.
Hale identified as transgender
Hale had a manifesto and detailed maps of the school, and entered the building by shooting through its doors before the killings.Police have also released video of the moment the attacker entered the school.The six victims have been named as Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney, all aged nine, 61-year-olds Cynthia Peak and Mike Hill, and 60-year-old Katherine Koonce, who was the school’s headteacher.