Nashville Police Chief John Drake made an interesting disclosure on Monday about the plans of the Covenant School shooter Audrey Hale.
At a press conference, Drake said that investigators had discovered the perpetrator had planned to attack another location, but decided against that location because it had significant security.
“There was another location that was mentioned, but because of a threat assessment by the suspect of too much security, they decided not to,” Drake said. “That area was here in Nashville, so we’re continuing with that investigation as well.”
Drake confirmed the perpetrator had written a manifesto that explained why she conducted the attack, which included detailed plans. That is presumably the source of law enforcement’s theory that the perpetrator skipped her first targeted location because of “too much security.”
The admission is significant because, at least on an anecdotal level, it confirms that increased security measures, such as armed personnel, make potential targets “hard” and not “soft.” Advocates of armed security argue that “hard targets,” as opposed to “soft targets,” deter individuals bent on violence who wish to carry out an attack.
One of those locations may have been a local mall, Drake said on Tuesday.
“We strongly believe there was going to be some other targets, including maybe family members, and one of the malls here in Nashville,” Drake told CBS News. “And that just did not happen.”
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