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Metro Nashville PD to release school shooter’s writings

(NewsNation) — The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department says writings by the shooter who killed multiple people, including three children, at a Nashville Christian school in March are being prepared for release.

However, police told NewsNation the release of these documents won’t be anytime soon.

Seven people total, including the shooter, died during the March incident. The victims were identified as Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney, all 9 years old, Cynthia Peak, age 61, Katherine Koonce, age 60, and Mike Hill, age 61.

Police identified the shooter as a 28-year-old former student of the school. According to authorities, writings by the shooter were found in their vehicle and bedroom.

From what’s documented in them, police say, it’s clear the shooting had been planned for months.

While they have not been made publicly available, the FBI’s behavioral teams have reviewed the writings.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch detailed what he saw in them at a meeting of the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association.

To news outlet PIJN, Rausch said that the description some made of the documents as a “manifesto” is a mischaracterization.

Rausch said the writings were ramblings that didn’t indicate a clear motive. One document he viewed was a plan, and the other was “journal-type rantings.”

In his review of the material, Rausch said, the shooter did not write about specific political, religious or social issues, WTVF reported. Instead, a primary focus of the journals was the idolization of those who committed previous school shootings, according to the news station.