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Fox News host Tomi Lahren believes that the United States needs to have a national conversation about anti-Christian bigotry after the Nashville Christian school shooting.
“We hope that his story in Nashville continues to get coverage,” she said on Fox News, due to the fact that the shooter was transgender and the narrative would not work for Democrats.
“We also need to talk about the anti-Christian, anti-religious rhetoric that is so popular and mainstream right now, really cheered by the left,” she said, adding that it’s “irresponsible and reckless” to blame the entire transgender community for the actions of one person.
“There also needs to be a discussion about how we’re gonna protect our schools moving forward,” she said.
The Nashville police have released stunning bodycam footage of officers engaging, and killing suspected Nashville Christian school shooter Audrey Hale.
“Monday’s shooting at the Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee, unfolded over about 14 minutes, according to police, and spanned two floors of the private Christian elementary school. Metropolitan Nashville Police released surveillance video showing the moment the shooter — who authorities said had three firearms — arrived at the school, shot through glass doors, and climbed through to get inside. The video goes on to show the suspect walking through the hallways, pointing an assault-style weapon,” CNN reported.
“Police got the first call about an active shooter inside Covenant school at 10:13 a.m. local time, police spokesperson Don Aaron said and rushed to the scene. The first five responding officers heard gunfire coming from the second floor,” the outlet added. “Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake commended the five officers for their quick response.”
They went upstairs and confronted the shooter, who “had been firing through a window at arriving police cars,” police said in a news release. Two officers then opened fire, killing the shooter at 10:27 a.m. local time, Aaron said.
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WOW – Here’s the moment the breeze Nashville police took out the deranged liberal mass shooter.
Who else thinks the Nashville PD are heroes? pic.twitter.com/MjvGBGQv1N
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“I was hoping this day would never ever come here in the city. But we will never wait to make entry and to go in and to stop a threat especially when it deals with our children,” he said.
It comes after a former teammate of the transgender suspect in the murders of three children and three adults at a Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee said she received a message from the suspect before the killings.
She spoke to CNN reporter Don Lemon on Monday where she said she received the cryptic message on Instagram.
Averianna Patton, a former basketball teammate of the alleged shooter Audrey Hale, said she received the message at 9:57 a.m. and sent a screenshot of the message to her dad at 10:08 a.m when he said she should call a suicide prevention hotline.
At 10:13 a.m., Patton phoned the Nashville Davidson County Sherriff’s Office and then called the non-emergency line at 10:14 a.m.
“I just couldn’t believe it like I know that I did, I tried to reach out you know not even knowing that it was her. I just didn’t don’t know,” Patton said to CNN.
“So basically that post I made on here about you, that was basically a suicide note. I’m planning to die today,” Hale, going by the name Aiden, said to Patton on Instagram.
“THIS IS NOT A JOKE!!!” Hale said. “You’ll probably hear about me on the news after I die.”
“This is my last goodbye. I love you … See you again in another life.” She said, signing it “Audrey (Aiden).”
“Audrey! You have so much more life to live. I pray God keeps and covers you,” Patton responded.
“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,” Hale said.
“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,” the murderer said.
“I tried to comfort and encourage her and subsequently reached out to the Suicide Prevention Help Line after being instructed to by my father at 10:08 a.m.,” Patton said to NewsChannel 5.
“Audrey has shared with others that she had been suicidal in the past and I knew to take this serious,” she said.
“I called Nashville’s non-emergency line at 10:14 a.m. and was on hold for nearly seven minutes before speaking with someone who said that they would send an officer to my home. An officer did not come to my home until 3:29 p.m.,” she said.
NEW: Audrey Hale reached out to Averianna Patton, a former basketball teammate moments before committing the mass shooting at Covenant School in Nashville. https://t.co/xEji0aPmDD pic.twitter.com/auMA60CdDU
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“After phone calls from friends and Audrey’s name was released as the shooter at Covenant Nashville school, I learned that Audrey was the shooter and that she had reached out to me prior to the shooting,” the friend said.
“My heart is with all of the families affected and I’m devastated by what has happened,” she said.