At Least One Dead, Several Injured in US Tennessee Church Shooting

BREAKING: Six churchgoers shot at chapel as cops rush to scene

Following this, FBI said on Sunday night that it has started civil rights investigation following the shoot at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. He first shot and killed Melanie Crow Smith in the parking lot as she was leaving the service, police said.

But Reese said someone, who cops have identified as Emanuel Samson, opened the door and fired three times.

Photos on the church's Facebook page show a diverse congregation with people of various ages and ethnicities.

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 usher then ran to his vehicle and retrieved a handgun, police said.

Authorities have not revealed a motive, but did say Samson previously attended church at Brunette Chapel Church of Christ.

During the alteraction, Samson accidentally shot himself in the chest with his own weapon, police said.

After being struck on the head in the incident, Mr Engle retrieved a gun from his vehicle and kept the suspect at bay until police arrived. Aaron says the usher then went to his own auto to retrieve his gun, returned and stood over the suspect until police arrived.

Samson has been charged with murder.

We're told he used to regularly attend services at that church.

Without Engle, "I think it could be worse", she said. "He was the hero today".


A Nashville police spokesman didn't immediately answer a telephone call or respond to an email on the shooting.

Prior to the Sunday's attack, Samson reportedly made several freakish posts on social media.

"He was fearless. He took action even to his own peril, his own injury and he is at the end of the day the hero in this". Five other victims are recovering at Vanderbilt hospital.

I ask everyone to pray for the victims, family members of the victims, our church community.

Nashville Christian School, where David Spann is listed as a coach, released a statement that read in part "Please lift up Coach Spann and his wife Peggy and all who have injured or impacted by this tragic event".

Barry says her "heart aches for the family and friends of the deceased as well as for the wounded victims and their loved ones. They are hurting as well".

Engle's grandmother said she's proud of him.

Engle told Ramey that he approached the shooter thinking he had his handgun on him, but he realized that he didn't and instead engaged in a hand-to-hand struggle.

"It would make any parent, grandparent very, very proud of him".

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