Sudanese bodybuilder gunman bursts into Tennessee church and opens fire killing one woman and wounding six others before being taken down by hero armed usher

Monday, September 25, 2017
By Paul Martin

Shooting happened at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ around 11am
One woman is dead and seven others injured after Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, opened fire
Police confirmed married mother-of-two Melanie Smith, 39, of Smyrna, was killed
Two victims were critically injured and four are in stable condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center
Police say armed church usher Robert Engle, 22, confronted the shooter and stopped the rampage
Engle is being treated at TriStar Skyline Medical center for injuries he sustained when suspect pistol-whipped him
The last shooting victim is also being treated at TriStar Medical Center
All of those wounded in the shooting except for one person is over the age of 60
Family members say two victims include church pastor, Joey Spann and his wife Peggy Spann
The church hosts weekly service at 10am and is located on Pin Hook Road

By Hannah Parry and Regina F. Graham
24 September 2017

Police have identified the masked gunman behind the fatal mass shooting at a Nashville church on Sunday as Emanuel Kidega Samson.

Melanie Crow Smith, 39, of Smyrna, died and another six were injured when Samson, 25, opened fire at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, 30 minutes southeast of Nashville in Antioch, as services let out at 11.15am.

The attack only stopped thanks to the brave actions of an armed church usher.

Robert Engle, 22, identified by friends on social media, had ran up to confront Samson and despite being repeatedly pistol-whipped in the head, was able to force Samson to shoot himself in the leg.

‘There was a significant struggle between the two,’ he said. ‘During the struggle, the gunman shot himself, probably not intentionally.’

Engle then went to his car, grabbed his pistol, and returned to hold the shooter at gunpoint.

‘This particular church member has a handgun carry permit,’ Aaron added. ‘The usher went to his vehicle, got his gun, came back inside and made sure the gunman didn’t make anymore movements until the police department arrived.’

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One Response to “Sudanese bodybuilder gunman bursts into Tennessee church and opens fire killing one woman and wounding six others before being taken down by hero armed usher”

  1. Strayhorse

    ISIS/ISIL radical Muslim immigrant anti-Christian – and the media will refrain from inflaming Americans despite the attacks occurred on innocent American citizens during peaceful worship. Can you imagine the protests worldwide if this had been a Christian attack on Muslims in a mosque or Hebrews in their temple? What must be done in America to protect Christians, while the American anthem is being disrespected and vilified?


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