This past Monday, one 28-year-old woman murdered six people, which included three children, inside of a Nashville Christian elementary school after sending out a bone-chilling series of messages to a close friend just minutes before rushing into the school to carry out the act of terror.
This shooter, who will not be named, sent these messages out to a former middle school basketball teammate Averianna Patton via social media. Patton spotted the shocking messages, which have since been handed over to News Channel 5, at roughly ten in the morning and around fifteen minutes prior to the shooter rushing into the school.
"I’m planning to die today. THIS IS NOT A JOKE!!!!" the shooter explained in the messages to Patton. "You’ll probably hear about me on the news after I die."
The messages make it quite clear that Patton begged the shooter, a biological female that claims to be a man, telling her that she actually had so much to live for, but the killed answered with even more shocking texts.
"My family doesn’t know what I’m about to do," she stated. "One day this will make more sense. I’ve left more than enough evidence behind. … But something bad is about to happen."
Patton stated to News Channel 5 that she asked her dad what she should do and then quickly reached out to authorities immediately after messaging and speaking with the shooter.
"After phone calls from friends and [the shooter’s] name was released as the shooter at Covenant Nashville school, I learned that [she] was the shooter and that she had reached out to me prior to the shooting," Patton stated. "My heart is with all of the families affected and I’m devastated by what has happened."
Officers out of the Metro Nashville Police Department were quick to respond in just a few minutes after the shooter actually broke into the Covenant School in what authorities thought to be a highly "targeted attack." A squad of five officers quickly rushed into the building, and a pair of these officers ended up exchanging fire with the shooter, killing her at the scene.
Authorities have confirmed as part of a press conference that the female shooter had allegedly identified as a man.
This past Monday evening, local police forces working with the FBI carried out a search of the female shooter's home. During the search, law enforcement stated that they discovered "a manifesto" sitting with a number of maps of the school spread out and highly detailed.