wnol.info October 18 2017


Church shooting suspect has court date Wednesday

October 18 2017, 11:13 | Irvin Gilbert

WKRN image of the scene outside the church on Sunday

WKRN image of the scene outside the church on Sunday

The gunman was identified by the authorities as 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson who hails from Murfreesboro, came to the United States from Sudan in the year 1996.

Please join me in praying for the victims of today's church shooting in Antioch, victims' families and their community. "Whatever you say goes". Once police arrived, they photographed Samson's hand, which was bloodied from punching the television but the girlfriend declined to press charges.

Engle's bravery and humility doesn't surprise his grandmother.

Authorities have identified the attacker as Emanuel Kidega Samson, a 25-year-old who came to the United States from Sudan in 1996 and is a legal USA resident.

Church members told police that Samson attended the church one to two years ago, Metropolitan Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron.

These social media posts will likely play a role in the investigation, but there are still many unanswered questions about the motive behind the shooting. Please pray for healing.

Metro Police have made it clear: more lives could have been lost Sunday if not for an usher's quick, fearless actions to stop a church shooter in Antioch. "He is believed to have been there for at least several minutes before church let out", the police said in a statement. Police said he then shot and killed Melanie Smith, a 39-year-old mother of two.

The Memphis FBI Field Office's Nashville Resident Agency, the Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee have opened a civil rights investigation into the shooting.

"He was shooting, and then he's standing in the pulpit and he start shooting more", Rosa said.

"Medical personnel are treating 8 wounded church goers shot at Burnett's Chapel Church of Christ".

Smith's daughter, Breanna, 19, said before her mother left the house, she tapped on the window to wave goodbye.

One post read, "Everything you've ever doubted or made to be believe as false, is real".

Aaron said the suspect, who was in his mid-20s and was from Rutherford County, was taken to a hospital.

Police said that it was not yet known whether the suspect had previously had a connection with the place of worship, which was at the time of worship with about 50 worshipers attending, when the gunman entered.

Dickerson and Engle were released from the hospital Sunday, according to Metro Nashville Police Department. The gunman silently walked down the aisle and shot unsuspecting people who were assembled there for the Sunday mass.



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