NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — FOX 17 News investigates the timeline of events leading up to Monday’s murders at The Covenant School and how soon Metro Police took to locate and kill the suspect.
Metro Police say they responded within eight minutes of receiving the “shots fired” call and located and killed the shooter within six minutes of arriving at the school.
Surveillance video from the Covenant Presbyterian Church shows Audrey Hale arriving at the Covenant School parking lot in a Honda Fit at 9:53 Monday morning.
Hale parks and at 10:10 a.m. is seen shooting through both glass doors at a side entrance.
The shooter then enters the building, and the video shows fire alarms are going off by 10:13 am.
Metro Police say they responded to a “shots fired” call at 10:13 a.m. at the Covenant School.
Hale is seen exiting the church office at 10:19 a.m. in the surveillance video and walking through a hallway.
Metro Police say officers arrived at the school at 10:21 a.m.
On the Metro Police body worn cameras, it shows officers Rex Engelbert and Michael Collazo enter the building.
After officers check classrooms on the first floor, investigators say officer Engelbert heard gunshots on the second floor.
Shortly after, Engelbert and Collazo met in the hallway on the second floor of the school and that is when both officers shot and killed Hale. Police say this happened by 10:27 a.m.
Students held hands and were transported by school buses to be reunited with their parents at Woodmont Baptist Church.
Metro Police say after the school was cleared, officers and their partners continued their investigation at Hale's Brightwood Avenue home in the afternoon.
Police are continuing to investigate this tragic school shooting with the assistance of their partners including TBI, FBI, THP, and ATF.