Who was Nashville shooter Audrey Hale?

The 28-year-old graphic designer may have once attended the school, police said.

ByLucien Bruggeman, Laura Romero, and Mike Levine ABCNews logo
Thursday, March 30, 2023
What we know about Nashville shooter Audrey Hale
The suspect, identified by police as Audrey Hale, 28, had a detailed map of Covenant School and allegedly shot through the door to gain entry to the school, police said.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The shooter who attacked students and teachers at the Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday was identified by police as 28-year-old Audrey Hale, who law enforcement said may have once attended the school.

A website that appears to be associated with Hale indicates that Hale was a Nashville-based graphic designer and illustrator who created logos and branding to "help tell a company's story" and "bring a whimsical and light-hearted feel."

Police have given unclear information on Hale's gender. For hours Monday, police identified the shooter as a woman. At a late afternoon press conference, the police chief said Hale was transgender. After the news conference, police spokesperson Don Aaron declined to elaborate on how Hale identified.

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In a brief phone interview with ABC News, Hale's mother, Norma Hale, said, "It is very, very difficult right now" for the family, before asking for privacy.

"I think I lost my daughter today," she said.

A neighbor of the family told ABC News that Audrey Hale lived at the family's home with Hale's parents, who the neighbor described as "very nice" and "very religious."

Hale graduated from Nashville's Nossi College of Art & Design in 2022, school president and CEO Cyrus Vatandoost confirmed to ABC News.

"While at our school, she was a talented artist and a good student," Vatandoost said of Hale. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, to the victims and their families and to our city."

A post on the school's Facebook that has since been removed indicated that Hale earned at least one award for strong academic performance.

"Aside from art, I enjoy binging on video games, watching movies, and playing sports," Hale wrote on a personal website. "There is a child-like part about me that loves to go run to the playground. Animals are my second passion, so I also enjoy spending time with my two cats."

Hale's LinkedIn account also lists work as a part-time grocery shopper with the food delivery service Shipt and mentions past employment as a cat sitter.

Founded in 2001, the Covenant School is a private Presbyterian school in Nashville with some 200 students in pre-K through sixth grade, according to the school's website.