According to CNN, Audrey Hale, the perpetrator of the Nashville mass shooting at Covenant School, had contacted Averianna Patton, a former basketball teammate before killing three children and three adults.
Averianna Patton, who had played basketball with Hale, disclosed to CNN that Hale had reached out to her just before committing the heinous act.
Patton received a message from Hale at 9:57 a.m., and she promptly shared a screenshot of the message with her father at 10:08 a.m. Her father advised her to contact a suicide prevention hotline.
At 10:13 a.m., Patton informed the Nashville Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, and then at 10:14 a.m., she contacted the non-emergency line, as stated by Patton in her conversation with CNN.
“I just couldn’t believe it like I know that I did, I tried to reach out you know not even knowing that it was her. I II just didn’tI don’t know,” Patton told CNN.
Metro Police responded to a shorts fired call at 10:13 a.m. Monday, and officers killed Hale by 10:27 a.m.
CNN reports that no one came to Patton’s home regarding the Instagram messages until 3:29 p.m. Monday.
Patton reportedly said she wants a solution for better protocols in place to avoid something like this in the future.
Patton told CNN she knew Audrey when they were kids, but did not know Audrey as an adult.
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