Metro investigating who leaked photographs of the Covenant Faculty Shooter’s writings

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville Mayor Freddie O’Connell stated he and his administration had been wanting into the unauthorized launch of three photographs from the Covenant college shooter’s writings.

This comes after conservative speak present host Steven Crowder launched a few of the paperwork from The Covenant Faculty shooter on Monday.

“I’ve directed Wally Dietz, Metro’s Legislation Director, to provoke an investigation into how these photographs may have been launched,” O’Connell stated. “That investigation might contain native, state, and federal authorities. I’m deeply involved with the security, safety, and well-being of the Covenant households and all Nashvillians who’re grieving.”

Metro Nashville Police stated they’re conscious of the scenario since this morning.

Three youngsters and three adults had been killed in The Covenant Faculty taking pictures again in March. The shooter additionally died after being confronted by police.

What are the pictures of?

The leaked photographs of the Covenant college shooter’s writings had been in notebooks. One of many photos seems to point out a gloved hand holding the pocket book. One other picture exhibits a Metro Nashville Police SUV within the background.

Two of the pictures present totally different items of pocket book paper titled “Dying Day.”

One of many pages laid out what seems to be a schedule for the shooter. However the occasions do not match up with what really occurred on March 27. One of many sticky notes on the schedule included the notice of a lunchtime. The opposite web page titled “Dying Day” had a drawing of a gun pointing at a goal on the prime of the web page.

The opposite web page is dated Feb. 3 — lower than 2 months earlier than the taking pictures. The writings seek advice from the shooter’s views on youngsters who go to non-public colleges and a need to kill them. All three items of paper seem like signed by the shooter.

NewsChannel 5 doesn’t have and has by no means seen the shooter’s writings. We now have repeatedly requested their launch as a part of a public information request.

What occurred on the day of the taking pictures?

On the morning of the bloodbath, the shooter despatched an Instagram message to a former center college basketball teammate.

The shooter stated the plan was to die by suicide and that teammate would see it on the information. Within the messages the teammate offered to NewsChannel 5, the shooter stated that the previous teammate must see them once more in one other life. The shooter instructed the teammate about now not desirous to dwell and the necessity to die.

The place are the paperwork?

Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake stated earlier in 2023 that the division would launch The Covenant Faculty shooter paperwork if ordered by the court docket to take action.

Metro’s authorized lawyer Lora Fox stated town must handle the discharge of paperwork sooner or later.

As a part of that lawsuit, MNPD officers have filed paperwork saying it may take as much as a 12 months to investigate the entire shooter’s writings.

The place is the court docket case?

NewsChannel 5 has coated this case for the reason that first day. Lots has occurred.

This summer time, The Covenant Faculty dad and mom filed statements concerning the shooter’s writings, in hopes of demonstrating the hurt that may come from releasing the shooter’s paperwork. Of the statements, two got here from dad and mom who misplaced their youngsters that day.

A 3-judge panel within the appeals court docket is now engaged on a call on whether or not Covenant dad and mom have a say within the case.

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