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Tennessee church shooter confesses, charged with murder

26 September 2017

Nashville Metro Police Department claims Samson is responsible for a church shooting that killed one woman and injured seven others.

Engle, a licensed gun owner, went to his vehicle, retrieved his firearm, returned to the church and "made sure that the gunman didn't make any more movements until the police department arrived", Anderson said.

What is unclear is why he wrote something on his Facebook page just before the shooting at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch.

On his social media accounts, there are mostly positive statements that mention the Bible.

Authorities said he arrived to the church in a blue SUV from his Murfreesboro home. He's also a high school and middle school basketball coach. He is from Sudan.

Federal investigators also opened a civil rights investigation into the incident.

Police say Samson will be charged with murder and attempted murder.

He said: "I was on Facebook and then someone said there was a shooting, and then they said the shooter was Emanuel K. Samson, and I said please don't let it be my friend". His first court appearance has been scheduled for Wednesday morning.

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By the afternoon, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department had identified the woman churchgoer who was fatally shot as Melanie Smith, 39, from the Rutherford County town of Smyrna, Tenn.

Engle confronted the gunman in an effort to keep him from shooting more people and was pistol-whipped in the process, police said, adding that the suspect accidentally shot himself in the chest while struggling with Engle. During this initial struggle, the suspect shot himself in the chest, giving Engle - a licensed gun owner - time to get his gun from his vehicle.

Engle's grandmother said she's proud of her grandson.

It is reported that police are at the scene of the shooting in Burnette Chapel Church of Christ.

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. It would not release the name.

"I heard someone say, 'Get down.' We started grabbing couches and chairs to barricade it and stuff", he said. Aaron says the usher then went to his own vehicle to retrieve his gun, returned and stood over the suspect until police arrived.

Emanuel Kidega Samson is seen being transported to a Tennessee jail in a photo released by the Metro Nashville Police Department on September 24, 2017.

The alleged shooting occurred at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in the neighborhood in Antioch.

Tennessee church shooter confesses, charged with murder