Sep 24, 2017 06:58 PM
(WAFF) – One person was killed and six others wounded in a shooting Sunday morning at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tenn., which is 20 miles south of Nashville.
The shooting occurred as church service was letting out around 11:15 a.m. One woman was shot and killed in the parking lot as she exited the building.
Police said the gunman, who was wearing a ski mask, entered the church through the back door. He fired multiple rounds inside the church and six people, including the gunman, were shot.
The shooter has been identified as Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, of Murfreesboro who came here from Sudan in the 1990’s. Two photos posted this morning on his Facebook Page show Samson flexing his muscles accompanied with the words “unrestricted paroxysm.” Paroxysm means a sudden attack or violent expression of emotion.
According to police, one church member confronted Sampson and was pistol-whipped. The church member, who has been identified as 22-year-old Robert Engle, then went to his car and retrieved his gun, for which he has a permit.
When Engle returned to the church, he confronted the Sampson. During the confrontation, the pair struggled and Sampson accidentally shot himself.
Engle, an usher at the church, is being hailed as a hero for his actions. Police said there were more than 30 people in the sanctuary at the time of the shooting.
Three women and two men were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center:
William Jenkins, 83, stable condition
Marlene Jenkins, 84, stable condition
David Spann, 60, critical condition
Peggy Spann, 65, stable condition
Linda Bush, 68, stable condition
Sampson was also taken to Vanderbilt with non-life threatening injuries. He has already been released and taken into police custody.
Two other victims were transported to Skyline Medical Center:
Katherine Dickerson, 64, stable condition
Robert Engle, 22, serious but stable condition
Sen. Bob Corker issued a statement via Twitter that stated “We are closely monitoring reports of a church shooting in Antioch. As we await more details, please join me in praying for the victims.”
Article by: WTVM 9 News, Amber Lee Cole