Police and other emergency services in Tennessee are responding to reports of an active shooting at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch near Nashville.
Police said one woman was found shot dead in the parking lot and seven other people were found shot inside. One other victim was pistol-whipped. That’s eight victims total.
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a suspect identified as a Sudanese immigrant was shooting at a Tennessee church on Sunday, according to the police, as federal officials told Fox News the FBI will launch a civil rights examination into the shooting.
The suspect, 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson, got from Sudan twenty years ago, police said. He carried two pistols and a mask to the mostly white Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, southeast of Nashville, prior to his shooting just after 11 a.m.
Metropolitan Nashville Police Department wrote on Twitter that Samson had been released from the hospital and will be charged with murder and attempted murder.
An usher, 22-year-old Robert Engle, confronted the shooter at one moment and was pistol-whipped, causing “significant injury around his head,” police said. According to them, Engle went to his own vehicle, took a pistol and went back into the church.
Law enforcement said Samson is a legal U.S. resident who immigrated from Sudan in 1996.
It was originally reported that the shooter shot himself, while the police said it’s uncertain if he shot himself or the gun accidentally discharged during his scuffle with Engle.
Police added that Burnette Chapel churchgoers identified Samson as going to their church one to two years ago, but pointed he hadn’t taken part in services “in quite a while.”
The lady who was hit and murdered in the church parking lot, 39-year-old Melanie Smith, was walking to her vehicle when she was shot, police added.
The shooter, with his blue car still running in the parking lot, then got inside the back of the church and hit six people – three women and three men – who were immediately taken to the hospital, police said.
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