FBI Probes Nashville School Shooter’s Manifesto As Pressure Mounts For Its Release


FBI investigators are combing through the Nashville school shooter’s “manifesto” for clues about her motive even as pressure mounts for its release to the public.

The attack inside the Covenant School on Monday left three young children and three adults dead. Heroic police officers killed the heavily armed shooter, a 28-year-old woman who identified as a man, before she could kill more. Although her motive is reportedly spelled out in a document police recovered Monday, police have so far been mum on its exact contents. That has left some officials frustrated.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32

Members of the Selected First Motorcycle Club join others in prayer at a makeshift memorial for victims of a shooting at the Covenant School campus, in Nashville, Tennessee, March 28, 2023. - A heavily armed former student killed three young children and three staff in what appeared to be a carefully planned attack at a private elementary school in Nashville on March 27, 2023, before being shot dead by police. Chief of Police John Drake named the suspect as Audrey Hale, 28, who the officer later said identified as transgender.

“I believe in transparency,” Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) told Fox News. “I know they have to do an investigation, but the shooter is dead. And I think the families need to know what was going on in the mindset of this person. And frankly, the country does, too.”

The FBI and Behavioral Analysis Unit have joined the Metro Nashville Police Department’s investigation into the tragedy. Sources say that the MNPD has authority over when the manifesto will be released. For now, it is not being made public as the investigation continues, but it will be made public.

Federal involvement points to suspicion of a potential hate crime, said Metro Nashville City Councilman Russ Pulley, a former FBI agent whose district includes the school. In this case, a possible hate crime motive could be religion, as the pre-K-6 Covenant School, where the shooter once attended, is run by the Covenant Presbyterian Church.

“In my experience there had to be a federal nexus, meaning [the FBI] would be involved in the investigation for some capacity,” said Pulley, who added that he has not seen the manifesto or been briefed by MNPD on the incident.

The FBI informed The Daily Wire earlier this week that it wasn’t treating the shooting as an act of domestic terrorism.

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