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The reason for the Nashville killer is not yet known


He had purchased seven guns in the last few years. A last farewell to a friend (ANSA)

   "We still don't know the reason" that prompted Nashville killer Audrey Hale to act.

This was stated by a spokesman for the local police, underlining that the parents of the 28-year-old girl reported that she was "under the care of doctors for emotional disorders".

In the young woman's sights was the school: "there is no evidence" that she was specifically targeting one of the six victims, adds the spokesman, underlining that Hale was completely unknown to the police.

The woman's parents didn't think she had a weapon.

According to them, in fact, the girl had sold or in any case she had got rid of the gun that she previously owned.

   The killer had instead legally purchased seven weapons over the past few years.

Three of these you used in yesterday's massacre.

Furthermore, according to the New York Post, Hale's mother is an activist who is calling for more gun controls.

In 2018, Norma Hale shared a campaign on her Facebook page to keep guns out of schools and to ban high-capacity magazines.

Over the years Norma Hale has posted photos of herself with Audrey Hale and her other son, saying she is lucky to have two wonderful children.

   "This is basically a farewell note. I expect to die today. You'll probably hear from me after I'm dead."

It is the message sent by Hale to his former basketball partner Averianna Patton at 9.57 in the morning, a few minutes before entering the school and opening fire.

"This is my last goodbye, I love you. We will see you again in another life", she added, according to reports by the American media.

   US President Joe Biden has ordered flags to be flown at half-mast

at the White House and in all US public buildings until March 31 in honor of the victims of the Nashville school massacre.

But he was criticized for joking, in his first public appearance since the Nashville shooting, that he only appeared in public because he'd heard he'd be served his favorite ice cream.

The video of the joke was posted on the web and immediately went viral.

   "My name is Joe Biden. I'm Dr. Jill Biden's husband. I eat Jeni's chocolate chip ice cream. I came down because I heard there was chocolate chip ice cream. By the way, I have a whole fridge full on the floor upstairs. Do you think I'm joking? It's not like that," the president began to the laughter of the audience at the opening of the women-owned business summit held at the White House.

   Biden later called the shooting that left six dead, including two children, "sick" and "heartbreaking," calling on Congress to do more to "stop gun violence."

However, critics lambasted him for his inappropriate reaction and seemingly joking tone in

addressing the tragedy.

"To say he misunderstood the moment would be an understatement," former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie commented on Fox News.

“Beyond the ill-timed attempt at humor, Biden's extended rambling about ice cream is likely to be

used by those who say he (the president) is simply too old to be elected to a second term,” writes the New York Post.

The break-in of the killer in the school caught on surveillance cameras

In the meantime, the police have announced that Audrey Elizabeth Hale, the 28-year-old former student who yesterday attacked her former school, killing six people, including three nine-year-old children, before being killed in turn by the police who intervened on the spot , had no criminal record.

The woman carried out, it was explained, a targeted act developed after having supervised and studied in detail the plans and maps of the school.

Police said they heard from the woman's father.

According to police, the woman was "resentful" at having had to attend a Christian school.

The 28-year-old - who identified as transgender and graduated last year from Nossi College of Art and, according to her LinkedIn profile, was a graphic designer who designed logos for companies - had considered at least one other school as a possible target for her attack , but had finally opted for the Christian one from Covenant because it had less security. 

"She was a very sweet girl", a "normal" girl, maybe a little too quiet".

this is how her neighbors described her.

"I think Audrey's parents are as shocked as all of us in the neighborhood. There is nothing that would ever lead me to think she would be capable of such a thing or that she or her family would have had access to a gun," a neighbor told some American media.

Nashville citizens pay tribute to victims with stuffed animals and balloons

Source: ansa

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