1 dead, 7 victims hurt in church shooting

26 September, 2017, 00:16 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • WKRN image of the scene outside the church on Sunday

Authorities say the gunman had pulled up to Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, exited his vehicle, and shot a woman in the parking lot. Shortly after Samson writes, "Become the creator instead of what's created".

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry says a shooting at a church is "a bad tragedy for our city".

Love refuted any mental issue with Samson and said the attack at the church by him did not make any sense.

Late Sunday, the Civil Rights division of the FBI's Memphis field office announced it was opening an investigation into the shooting.

Also wounded were Spann's wife, Peggy, 65, William and Marlene Jenkins, 83 and 84, respectively, Linda Bush, 68, and Katherine Dickerson, 64.

Police have released the identity of a suspect in a Tennessee church shooting.

But Engle said he does "not want to be labeled a hero", adding: 'The real heroes are the police, first responders, medical staff and doctors who have helped me and everyone affected.

Don Aaron, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, said Samson drove up to the church and shot and killed a woman who was standing near her vehicle in the parking lot. He's also a high school and middle school basketball coach.


The vigil will be held at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, which is located at 3890 Pin Hook Road, beginning at 7 p.m.

Smith's daughter, Breanna, 19, said before her mother left the house, she tapped on the window to wave goodbye. Many Rutherford County residents are members there. His name was not immediately released.

All victims, including the shooter, have been taken to area hospitals for treatment. Authorities say he'll go immediately into custody and be jailed tonight on one murder warrant and multiple attempted murder warrants. No details were available about his condition. "My administration, especially the Metro Nashville Police Department, will continue to work with community members to stop crime before it starts, encourage peaceful conflict resolution, and promote non-violence".

Samson, who was wearing a neoprene half-mask, then entered the church and began to shoot "indiscriminately", wounding six people who were later treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Another will be outside Burnette Chapel Church of Christ at 7 p.m. local time.

Earlier, the Nashville Fire Department had said on Twitter that medical personnel were attending to eight people wounded at the church in question, with the shooter being among the injured.

Aaron, the police spokesman, agree.

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