The female gunman who killed six people, three of whom were children, at a Nashville Christian elementary school had posted a terrifying message to a friend on Instagram, stating, “I’m planning to die today.”
Audrey Hale, 28, who was shot dead by police, emailed a “suicide note” to a friend minutes before slaying three children and three adults at the school on Monday.
According to NewsChannel 5, she messaged Averianna Patton, a former middle school basketball friend, on Instagram before carrying out the murder.
“This is my last goodbye. I love you See you again in another life,” posted Hale who has been identified as a transgender.
“You’ll probably hear about me on the news after I die,” Hale continued.
“So basically that post I made on here about you, that was basically a suicide note. I’m planning to die today,” Hale added, using the Instagram name Aiden.
Patton replied: “Audrey! You have so much more life to live. I pray God keeps and covers you.”
In response, Hale posted: “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. I wanted to tell you first because you are the most beautiful person I’ve ever seen and known all my life.”
She added: “My family doesn’t know what I’m about to do. One day this will make more sense. I’ve left more than enough evidence behind. But something bad is about to happen.”
According to police, she left a manifesto and a map that she used to plot the massacre.
According to the Metro Nashville Police Department, the three kids that were shot and murdered at the Covenant School were all nine years old.
Cynthia Peak, 60, Katherine Koonce, and Mike Hill, 61, were among the school’s adult staff members killed in the incident.
The gunman was killed in a gunfight with responding police officers.