School Shooter Used Federal Grant to Buy Guns

( – Audrey Elizabeth Hale, the shooter in the deadly Covenant school shooting in Tennessee in March last year, allegedly used federal grant money to buy the guns she used to shoot up the school, which cost the lives of six people, three of them children.

Hale, a transgender who identified as male, reportedly used funds from the federal Pell Grant, an education grant that offers financial aid to “students from low-income households,” according to the Federal Student Aid website.

A local radio show host, Brian Wilson of 99.7 WTN, reported that he had gained access to documents pertaining to the shooting, including those that indicated that Hale, who was 28 at the time of the shooting, had been fantasizing about committing a school shooting as early as middle school. Wilson said that flash drives and journals found in Hale’s vehicle showed that she obsessively, meticulously, and intentionally planned the attack on Covenant. He also claimed that Hale entertained both suicidal and homicidal thoughts, and was diagnosed to be on the autism spectrum at an early age. Wilson also claimed that Hale apparently suffered from a host of other conditions, such as sensitivity to bright lights, certain smells, and loud noises.

Despite all this, Hale was able to graduate from the Nossi College of Art in Nashville, as well as legally purchase the numerous firearms she used in her attack. Hale perished after engaging officers of the Metro Nashville Police Department. Police retrieved three firearms at the scene of the shooting – an AR-15 military-style rifle, a 9mm Kel-Tec SUB2000 pistol caliber carbine, and a 9mm Smith and Wesson M&P Shield EZ 2.0 handgun. Law enforcement also reportedly obtained four other firearms at Hale’s parents’ home, where she lived, which included two shotguns, one of them with an illegal sawed-off barrel. Multiple magazines and ammunition were also found. According to a local news outlet, the total value of items in Hale’s armory stood at around $2,600.

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