Reports of Shooting at Tennessee Church

Emanuel Kidega Samson is accused of killing one and wounding six others after opening fire at a Tennessee church

Emanuel Kidega Samson is accused of killing one and wounding six others after opening fire at a Tennessee church

A gunman has opened fire at the end of a church service near the city of Nashville in Tennessee, killing a woman and injuring seven others, local officials say.

"It is my understanding he confronted the gunman. was pistol-whipped and then went out to his vehicle, retrieved a weapon and came back inside" to confront the gunman, Don Aaron, a spokesman for the Nashville Police Department, said during a televised news conference.

The shooter was wounded and is being treated at the hospital, according to Metro Nashville Police.

Metropolitan Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron identified the suspect as 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson of Murfreesboro.

The shooting happened at Burnett's Chapel Church of Christ. A dispatcher quoted by the Tennessean newspaper said the scene was still active.

Melanie Smith was killed during Sunday’s attack at her church
Melanie Smith was killed during Sunday’s attack at her church

Please join me in praying for the victims of today's church shooting in Antioch, victims' families and their community.

According to the Nashville Fire Department's twitter account, eight people were wounded, including the shooter.

The surrounding area was closed off as police conduct an investigation.

This is a developing story. As we await more details, please join me in praying for the victims.

Burnette Chapel's minister, Joey Spann, was among the victims, police say. He has also been a teacher and coach at Goodpasture Christian School in Madison, Tennessee. They said of the other five percent, some would have died on the way to the hospital. I was one of the lucky few. "I am so fortunate".

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