Audrey Hale counseled by pastor whose daughter she killed

Audrey Hale counseled by pastor whose daughter she killed

One of the six victims killed by Nashville shooter Audrey Hale was the daughter of a pastor who was “providing counseling for her,” according to a recent report.

“Something didn’t sit right with her,” Jim Bachmann — the former pastor at The Covenant School which Hale stormed on Monday, killing six — told Inside Edition.

Bachmann described how Covenant Pastor Chad Scruggs, whose 9-year-old daughter, Hallie, was among those killed had been Hale’s private counsellor.

Transgender Hale arrived at The Covenant School around 9:54 a.m., blasted her way in through locked glass doors and carried out a 14-minute killing spree that left three school children and three school staffers dead, before she was shot by police.

Bachmann told Inside Edition Hale appeared to be searching for Scruggs in surveillance footage police have since released.

The video shows a heavily-armed Hale looking around as she stalked through empty hallways.

“If she had found Chad, if she had tried to kill him, maybe she would have left the daughter alone,” Bachmann speculated.

The reason why Scruggs was counseling Hale and how long he had been coaching her have not been revealed.

Prior to the attack, Hale sent several messages to a former classmate, telling the woman: “I’m planning to die today … You’ll probably hear about me on the news.”

Chad Scruggs and Hallie
Pastor Chad Scruggs with daughter Hallie
Facebook/Chad Scruggs

Authorities have revealed the attack was planned and targeted, and Hale had a further cache of weapons hidden throughout the home she shared with her parents.

Hale’s parents claimed they thought she sold her legally bought firearms after they expressed their disapproval, police said, but instead, she used two assault rifles and a handgun to carry out her heinous suicide mission.

Hale, 28, left behind the manifesto as well as detailed maps of the school she methodically planned to attack.

Nine-year-olds Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs and William Kinney were killed by Hale, as well as school janitor Mike Hill, substitute teacher Cynthia Peak and headmistress Katherine Koonce, who reportedly ran at the shooter to try and protect the school.

A local official told The Post the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit is reviewing Hale’s manifesto, which will ultimately be released.

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