Alleged gunman admits to shooting at Tennessee church, police say

Police say the gunman, whom they suspect is 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson, entered Burnette Chapel Church of Christ and "began indiscriminately shooting" people inside the main sanctuary.

I ask everyone to pray for the victims, family members of the victims, our church community. "Whatever you say goes". Police said they later recovered another pistol and a rifle from the suspect's auto.

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

Police, who recovered another handgun and a rifle from Samson's vehicle, charged him with one count of murder. Church members told investigators the suspect had attended services a year or two ago, Aaron said.

Police are calling the usher at the church the hero saving "countless lives" for confronting Samson during the incident.

Police have released the name of a woman who was fatally shot by a suspect at a church in Tennessee.

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A church usher who confronted the shooter was also injured by the shooter, although apparently he was "merely" beaten - reportedly pistolwhipped - and not shot.

The Justice Department and FBI have opened a federal civil rights investigation into the shooting, and police said they were still trying to establish the suspect's motive.

Minerva Rosa, a member of the church who works at a Veterans Administration hospital, told WKRN that Spann had been preaching from the Gospel of Luke when the gunman entered the building.

Nashville police chief Steve Anderson said Engle's a "hero" and "the person who stopped this madness in its tracks".

Blake Langford, 21, got a text from his father telling him not to come to the church where his family attended after the shooting.

Smith's daughter, Breanna, 19, said before her mother left the house, she tapped on the window to wave goodbye.

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The shooter has been described as a Rutherford County man in his mid 20s.

Samson was taken to the hospital and treated for gunshot wounds before being released into police custody.

The final post said, "Everything you've ever doubted or made to be believe as false, is real & vice versa".

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 Nashville Fire Department tweeted that all but one of the victims is over 60 years old.

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

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The Antioch church where one woman was killed and eight people, including the gunman, were injured will hold a prayer vigil Monday night.

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