School yearbook photos reveal mass-turned-killer Audrey Hill in her teenage years beaming alongside her basketball teammates – with former players talking about her “obsessive, stalking” behavior.
During her time at Isaiah T. Creswell Middle School in Nashville, Hale, 28, was part of the successful Lady Comets hoops team. told Hill coach Antoine Buchanan Tennessee that Hill was “warmer than the bench” and would only play if the team was “really winning” or “really losing”.
In the aftermath of the mass murder in Nashville this week, which claimed the lives of six people including three 9-year-olds, former teammates are now speaking out about the behavior of trans school shooter Audrey Hill.
Mia Phillips told The Tennessean that the killer was “shy” but that the team was “honest” with her during their playing time together. After the couple went their separate ways to different high schools, Phillips said Hill messaged her constantly on social media and once found an email sent from an account he had just created.
I try to be as respectful and honest as possible. I felt obsessed. “It just felt like stalker behaviour,” Phillips told the paper.
Hill, 28, played hoops on the women’s team at Isaiah T. Creswell Middle School in Nashville
Hill, seen on the front of this team photo, was basically a bench warmer for the team, according to their coach
“She would play if we really won or we really lost,” her coach Antoine Buchanan told The Tennessean.
Investigators did not reveal the motive that prompted Hale to kill students Evelyn Decoe, Haley Scroggs and William Kenny, all nine, as well as Kathryn Consey, 60, the school’s principal; substitute teacher Cynthia Beck, 61; and Mike Hill, a 61-year-old guard
Investigators did not reveal the motive that prompted Hale to kill students Evelyn Decoe, Haley Scroggs and William Kenny, all nine, as well as Kathryn Consey, 60, the school’s principal; substitute teacher Cynthia Beck, 61; and Mike Hill, the 61-year-old guard at Covenant School in Nashville on Monday.
In her interview with tennessee, Mia Phillips described an incident in February 2022 when Hill pretended to be drunk at a party despite not having had any drinks.
Everyone was confused. It was just rubbing against us in a weird way, like, giving us a really negative vibe. She said: I didn’t feel well.
After Phillips left the party, Hill texted her in a coherent manner asking her to come back.
After one of their teammates, Sydney Sims, 22, died in August 2022 following a car accident, Phillips said Hill followed her to her car to continue hanging out.
“I was telling her it wasn’t the time or the place for all of us to grieve,” Phillips told the newspaper.
Another former colleague of both Hill and Button called 911 on the day of the tragedy after receiving disturbing messages on Instagram from the killer.
Averina Patton said she knew Hill was suicidal in the past
Shot and killed three students, 9, and three staff at 10:10am – sending messages to Patton at 9.57am
After receiving a specific message from Hale that said, “I plan to die today—you might hear about me on the news,” Patton called a suicide hotline, which then encouraged her to contact the authorities to alert them to the situation. .
On her 911 call around 10:12 a.m. — when armed officers had already arrived on the scene — she said, “I’m just trying to see if anyone can help. I just don’t want it on my conscience.
If someone can check her out – the only thing I have is her Instagram. Can I give you her Instagram so you can find her or track her down this way?
Hill’s former basketball teammate was told there was nothing the officers could do to help without addressing the gunman.
But the Nashville Metropolitan Police confirmed to Fox17 that at the time of the call, police were already arriving at the private Christian school to deal with the shooter.
Hale, who went by both Audrey and Aiden, had shot and killed six people by the time the police arrived.
At 9.57am, 16 minutes before police were first notified of the shooting, Audrey wrote: ‘So this post I wrote here about you, was basically a suicide note.
‘I plan to die today. This is not a joke!!! You’ll probably hear about me on the news after I die.
This is my last goodbye. I love you. See you again in another life. Audrey (Aiden).
Police said Hill was under the care of a doctor for an undisclosed “emotional disorder”.
However, the authorities have not disclosed a link between this sponsorship and the shooting. Police also said Hill had not been on their radar before the attack.
Social media accounts and other sources indicate that the shooter has been identified as a man and may have recently started using the first name Aiden.
Police said Hill was “identified as female at birth” but used masculine pronouns on a social media profile. However, the police continued to use female pronouns and the name Audrey to describe Hill.
911 calls made by officials about the shooting include the voices of teachers and school officials, some whispering while hiding in classrooms, lockers, bathrooms and offices, as alarms sounded loudly. A teacher tells the operator that she is with 17 children in the class and hears “a lot of gunshots”.
On another call, retired church member Tom Pulliam, 76, told the dispatcher that he and a group, including many children, are staying away from Christian school.
Nashville school shooting schedule
9:30 am – Metro Police Chief John Drake confirmed that Audrey Hill, 28, left her parents’ belongings with a red bag. Her mother questioned her about the bag, but she refused the question.
9:53 a.m Hale arrives at Covenant School in her Honda Fit. She is seen on surveillance footage walking around the parking lot, going out of frame and standing around 9:55 a.m.
9:57 a.m – Hill sends a goodbye Instagram message to Avrianna Patton. The letter said: ‘This is my final farewell. I love you. See you again in another life. Then she hits back, telling Hale that she has a lot to live for.
Hale replies again that one day “that would make more sense” but “something bad is about to happen”.
10:03 a.m – Averina Patton calls a suicide prevention hotline to try to report the messages Hale sent her. They tell her to call the local sheriff’s department.
10:10 a.m Hale approaches a side entrance of the private Christian school and shoots through the glass doors to enter with her AR and pistol.
10:12 a.m – Patton made an emotional call to 911 asking them to check on Hill after the spam. She was told that there weren’t many officers who could do that without her address.
10:13 a.m The first call to 911.
10:14 a.m Hale walks down the school hallway and walks around the property for several minutes. She then passed children’s service before shooting at 10:21 a.m. and then exiting the video frame.
10:24 a.m – The first Metro Police officers arrive at the scene, with Officer Engelbert opening the door and entering the school. The five-man tactical unit enters the school and begins searching for the shooter.
10:27 a.m – The team of officers encounters the shooter in the hallway of the second floor. Police said Hill was firing through a window at the arriving officers. Engelbert, along with Officer Michael Collazo, shot and killed Hill.
Although Pulliam remains calm, the tension and confusion of the situation is evident, with several adults talking on top of each other and children’s voices in the background.
When the dispatcher demands a description of the shooter, Pulliam tells another man to come up to the line.
All I saw was a man with an assault rifle shooting through the door. He was – currently in the second row hallway, upstairs, the man says, indicating that the attacker was wearing camouflage clothing.
When asked how many shots were fired, one woman replied, “I heard about 10 shots, and left the building.”
Pulliam, who was driving with his wife near the church when the attack occurred, told The Associated Press Thursday that he was struggling to make sense of it. He said he mostly remembers the kids and how calm they seemed, not “yelling and screaming or anything”.
“There on a normal day at school, these little kids,” he said. “Now, there are difficult days to go through.”
On another call that began shortly before 10:13 a.m., a woman told a dispatcher that she could hear a pause in gunshots from her hiding spot in the art room closet.
When asked if it was a safe place, the woman replied, “I think so” as children could be heard in the background.
Then the teacher says she hears more gunshots, and begs the dispatcher, “Please hurry.”
On another call, Reverend Chad Scruggs, whose daughter was killed in the attack, identifies himself and tells the worker that he is outside the building and heading towards the shooting.
“I get calls from inside,” he says.
One woman, who hid under a desk in the daycare, tells a missionary that the school, which is affiliated with Covenant Presbyterian Church, sometimes has some staff with firearms but no dedicated security guards.
“We have a student at school, or two, I’m not sure, who’s going to pack up—his job is for security,” she says. “We don’t have security guards, but we do have staff.”