Nashville church usher praised for confronting accused gunman in deadly shooting

Marsha Scott
September 26, 2017

A man accused of killing one person and wounding several others at a Tennessee church has been charged with one count of murder.

Police identified the attacker as 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson, who had at one point attended the church.

Many in the mid-state are still in shock over the events at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, when a shooter opened fire on members. He shot six more people: Pastor Spann and his wife, Peggy Spann, 65; William and Marlene Jenkins, 83 and 84 respectively; Linda Bush, 68; and Katherine Dickerson, 64, before being subdued by a 22-year-old usher named Robert Engle. "During the struggle, the gunman shot himself, probably not intentionally, in the left pectoral muscle", Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron told NBC News.

Metro Nashville Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other national agencies are investigating the church shooting.

Minerva Rosa, who was inside the church when the shooting started, told reporters Sunday the gunman was silent when he opened fire.

Authorities will be continuing to keep an eye on the conditions of the six others injured from the church. are reporting that police received calls describing multiple shots fired at around 11.15am local time.

Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, is taken to jail by police in Nashville, Tennessee, Sept. 24, 2017. "It would appear he was not expecting to encounter a fearless individual like the church usher", Aaron said. She was fatally wounded and died at the scene.

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The vigil will be held at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, which is located at 3890 Pin Hook Road, beginning at 7 p.m. During a struggle, Engle was pistol-whipped and the gunman mistakenly shot himself. Engel who was bleeding from his head due to the attack, then ran outside to his vehicle to get his gun and held the shooter at gunpoint until the police arrived at the scene.

A spokesman for Vanderbilt University Medical Center said Joey Spann was listed in critical-but-stable condition, and the others - including Engle - were listed in stable condition.

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Police Chief Steve Anderson praised Engle for intervening: "We believe he is the hero today".

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

Langford said he knew Engle and believed his actions saved lives.

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

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