Antioch church to hold prayer vigil after deadly mass shooting

Tuesday, 26 Sep, 2017

In some he wears a tank top that reads "Beast Mode". Two of the victims are said to be in critical condition.

It is further reported that the gunman, aged in his mid-20s and wearing a ski mask, shot three men and three women inside the church. The four remaining patients were all listed in stable condition.

"Only thing I can go off of is maybe he spoke to somebody who got into his head".

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry released a statement expressing her condolences to the victims and their families.

On his Facebook page, Samson wrote that he attended Smyrna High School and studied psychology at Mott Community College in MI.

Metropolitan Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron says 39-year-old Melanie Smith of Smyrna, Tennessee, was shot Sunday outside the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in the Nashville neighborhood of Antioch.

"He has all their feelings at heart", said Rheta Engle, 69.

A man arrested by officers in connection with the incident, 25 year old Emanuel Kidega Samson has been charged with murder.

The trace would give authorities an indication of where the gun was purchased, who purchased it and whether it was purchased legally, the ATF representative said. Samson had a Tennessee driver's license.

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Those neighborhoods, which include Big Pine Key and Sugarloaf, are between mile markers 11 and 60. The woman's grandson managed to catch the teen, though his friend took off, police said.

According to the Chicago Tribune, 22-year-old Robert Engle, an usher at the church, confronted the gunman after he open fired and continued to fight back after the assailant pistol-whipped him.

Church members told police the suspect had attended services a year or two ago. "He has been released from hospital and will be charged with murder and [attempted] murder", the MNPD tweeted.

Two pistols were recovered in the church and two more guns were found in Mr Samson's auto nearby.

The shooter has been identified as Emmanuel Kidega Samson, of Murfreesboro, who came to the United States from Sudan in 1996 and later attended the status of a U.S. resident.

The gunman pulled into the church's parking lot as services were ending. She was fatally wounded and died at the scene.

Aaron says the gunman then entered the rear of the church and six people were shot. The usher then ran to his auto and retrieved a handgun, police said.

When the shooting started, Engle moved to confront the alleged gunman, Emanuel Samson.

Located in a rural area in the southeastern corner of Nashville's combined city-county boundary, the church also serves La Vergne in neighboring Rutherford County, where auto industry factories are among the region's largest employers.