UPDATED: One woman was killed and seven other people were hurt after a shooting suspect, identified as former churchgoer Emanuel Kidega Samson, opened fire at a Tennessee church Sunday, police said.
Samson, identified as a 25-year-old man who immigrated from Sudan two decades ago, is suspected of bringing two pistols and a mask to Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, southeast of Nashville, before opening fire just after 11 a.m. He fired “multiple rounds,” police said in a news conference.
TENNESSEE — A shooting took place Sunday morning in a church that left one person dead and seven others wounded. The event happened in Antioch, Tennessee.
According to local reports, the gunman arrived in the parking lot of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ during the 11 o’clock mass. He shot a woman as she was walking to her car. The woman was declared dead at the scene.
During a press conference held outside the church, Don Aaron, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said, “Six innocent persons inside the church were wounded by gunfire, they have been taken to area hospitals.”
After killing the woman in the parking lot, the shooter entered the main sanctuary door, which was at the rear of the sanctuary, Aaron said at a later press conference.
“After doing so he began indiscriminately shooting,” he said.
A church usher confronted the gunman, Aaron said, and was “pistol whipped” by the man.
“There was a significant struggle between the two,” he said, adding, “During the struggle, the gunman shot himself, probably not intentionally, in the left pectoral muscle.”
The usher, who was a licensed gun owner, went to his vehicle and retrieved his gun and then returned to the church and “made sure that the gunman didn’t make any more movements until the police department arrived,” he said.
The shooter is a 26-year-old black man. Police have not revealed his name or motive.
He is currently being treated at a local a hospital, with non life-threatening injuries, officials said.
The gunman was apparently wearing “a type of neoprene mask,” Aaron said, adding that it was the kind of half mask a skier might wear.
This is a mass casualty situation. All of the wounded have been transported to area hospitals. The majority are older adults.
— Nashville Fire Dept (@NashvilleFD) September 24, 2017
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