One Killed, 7 Wounded In Tennessee Church Shooting

A Bible lay on the ground Sunday near where a worshiper was earlier shot dead outside her Tennessee church, allegedly by a former member of the same congregation.

The shooting took place the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, a neighborhood in Davidson County governed by Nashville.

A gunman in the church parking lot shot and killed Melanie Smith, 39, as she was walking to her car when a prayer service was letting out.

The shooter then entered the church through the sanctuary’s main door with two pistols and “began indiscriminately shooting,” Metropolitan Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron said.

There were approximately 50 people still inside the sanctuary when the shooting began.

Six were wounded by gunfire and another was pistol-whipped, Aaron said.

Church usher Robert Engle, 22, saw the shooting and confronted the gunman, Aaron said. During a struggle, the gunman mistakenly shot himself.

“It would appear he was not expecting a brave individual like the church usher to initiate the struggle and confrontation,” Aaron said.

A judicial commissioner has ordered that Emanuel Samson be held without bond pending further court proceedings.

Suspect Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, was hospitalized for gunshot wounds and released to police custody.

He was charged with felony homicide and was being held without bond, police said.

Other charges are coming later, according to police.

His next court appearance is Wednesday.

Source: CNN