By Daniel Bobinski
STORY UPDATED to include video of officer body cams from Metro Nashville PD. See below.
Officials have identified the shooter in Monday’s fatal shooting at a private Christian school in Nashville, TN as a 28-year-old woman named Audrey Hale, who allegedly attended the school in the past. Hale listed her pronouns on social media as “he / him.”
When asked about Hale’s gender identity during a press conference, Nashville Police Chief John Drake said, “She does identify as transgender, yes.”
The Metro Nashville Police confirmed that three adults and three children (one 8-year-old and two 9-year-olds) were fatally shot inside Covenant School by Hale before Hale was fatally shot by police. Security footage was released showing Hale shooting her way into the school and then roaming the halls looking for victims.
When asked if Hale’s gender identity might have had something to do with the shooting, Drake said, “There is some theory to that.” Drake said his department was reviewing “a manifesto and a map” related to the incident. Interestingly, major media is referring to Hale as a “she,” despite her announced pronouns as “he/him.”
After the news first emerged that Hale was transgender, many progressives stated that her gender identity was not relevant to the shooting. This was considered odd by many, as progressives are usually quick to point to a stereotypical white male mentality as the reason for the shooting if the shooter is a white male, which is often the case.
A trans shooter does not fit the narrative the Left likes to use when it comes to shooters.
Media insinuates new LGBTQ+ laws in Tennessee to blame for the shooting
After stating that the shooter identified as a transgender person, an anchor at ABC News reported that the Tennessee Governor recently signed a bill that banned transgender medical care for minors as well as a law that prohibited drag shows for minors. The clear implication was that this shooting probably would not have happened if these laws had not been put into place.
The Babylon Bee sister site, “Not the Bee,” referred to the anchor’s comments as, “Absolutely despicable.”
Progressive talk show host offers contemptibly calloused comment
Adding a horrific insult to the tragic situation of violently losing innocent lives, Leftwing talk show host and regular CNN guest David Pakman offered up a highly offensive tweet just hours after the slaying. As if to grandstand on the bodies of those just killed, Pakman tweeted, “Very surprising that there would be a mass shooting at a Christian school, given that lack of prayer is often blamed for these horrible events. Is it possible they weren’t praying enough, or correctly, despite being a Christian school?”
Pakman’s disgraceful and calloused comment that the Christians at the shooting site weren’t praying enough was a jab at anyone who offers prayers after a tragedy. For what it’s worth, Pakman’s tweet stirred ire among many Twitter users, resulting in comments such as, “Your mockery of dead children simply reveals what an empty, vile little man you are,” and, “Far better to offer prayers than your hateful, cold-blooded acrimony. Shame on you.”
Negative comments against Pakman’s crass tweet outnumbered those in agreement by approximately 99:1.
UPDATE: Metro Nashville police body cams of officers searching the school building for the shooter then finding and taking her down has been posted online. The video can be seen here or viewed below. Stay tuned. This is a developing story.