Investigators say the suspect’s parents felt the 28 year old shouldn’t own weapons and didn’t realize the guns had been concealed in their house.
However it’s noted that the suspect was under doctors care for an emotional disorder gunning down three children aged nine were killed in the attack at the covenant school.
Tennessee has no laws that allow police to seize guns from violent suspects. Despite the absence of such so called red flags laws, police said they would still have sought to have the weapons confiscated if authorities had any warning, the suspects could have posed a threat.
Hale who identified as a transgender and a former student at the school was armed with three guns including a semi automatic rifle.
The attack took place after the killer conducted surveillance of the premises drew maps and wrote what police described as a “manifesto.”
The suspect’s parents thought he had one gun
However the police spokesman said the attacker didn’t target any person in particular, but didn’t target this Nashville school.
Hales’s parents thought the suspect had owned one gun but it had been sold since they believed the suspect should not own weapons and were unaware the suspect had been hiding several weapons within the house.
Following the CCTV footage the suspect was seen wearing what appeared to be a protective vest and carrying an assault style ruffle in one hand with a second weapon visible hanging from the left hip.
The attack makes America’s 131 mass shooting so far this year according to gun violence archive a non profit that tracks gun violence data.
There have been 15 mass shootings at schools or universities in the US since the Columbine High School massacre in 1999 according to a data base maintained by the associated press.
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