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Records related to Nashville Christian school shooting will be kept under wraps due to lawsuits, police announce

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More than a month after a shooter opened fire at a Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee, killing three children and three adults, the public is still waiting for authorities to release the killer's writings — but on Wednesday, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department announced that materials pertaining to the crime will not yet be made public.

"Due to pending litigation filed this week, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department has been advised by counsel to hold in abeyance the release of records related to the shooting at The Covenant School pending orders or direction of the court," the department declared in a statement.

Lawsuits have been lodged in an effort to secure the release of materials and records related to the Covenant School shooting.

"The Metropolitan Department of Law has worked with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department to review documents concerning the tragic shooting at The Covenant School," Metro Law Director Wally Dietz said in a Wednesday statement, according to The Tennesseean.

"Two parties have now filed litigation requesting voluminous documents. We are asking the Court to conduct a status and scheduling conference so that all interested parties may appear and raise any concerns. We believe family members of the victims should have the opportunity to present any concerns or objections to the Court at that time. We plan to file under seal the entire journal found in the shooter's car in the parking lot at The Covenant School together with our proposed redactions, under the Public Records Act, for the Court to review for release," he said.

The 28-year-old who perpetrated the deadly attack on March 27 was fatally shot by law enforcement.

Last week, the police department had indicated that the materials were being reviewed for release. "The investigation has advanced to the point that writings from the Covenant shooter are now being reviewed for public release. That process is underway and will take a little time," the MNPD public information office noted, according to fox17.com.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) tweeted last week that MNPD Chief John Drake "assured me that documents & information regarding the shooter will be released to the public very soon."

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