Authorities call Antioch church usher 'hero' for confronting gunman

WKRN image of the scene outside the church on Sunday

Police said they planned to bring further charges against the suspect.

Federal investigators also opened a civil rights investigation into the incident.

On social media, the church has posted inclusive messages and photographs showing a congregation that reflects the diversity of the surrounding neighborhood, which is majority white, but also includes sizable black, Hispanic, and foreign-born populations. He says Samson came to the United States from Sudan in 1996 and was a legal US resident "but not necessarily a USA citizen".

The masked gunman was arrested.

Engle's grandmother said she's proud of her grandson.

Accused Tennessee church shooter Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, is seen in a photo released by the Metro Nashville Police Department on September 24, 2017.

The gunman pulled into the church's parking lot as services were ending.

About 50 people were in the church during the shooting, Metropolitan Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron told reporters.

That's when the suspect shot and injured himself.

Police said Samson was taken to a hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound to the chest.

Update 8.08pm: One person has died and eight others, including the shooter, have been injured in a church shooting in Tennessee, USA. Joey Spann teaches Bible at Nashville Christian School, a k-12 school associated with Churches of Christ, and is listed in critical condition. Aaron didn't immediately release the suspect's name or condition.

Burnette Chapel Church of Christ is just over the Rutherford County line from La Vergne.

"Mr. Robert Engle, the usher, physically engaged the shooter and during the struggle, the shooter was shot", says Chief Steve Anderson with the Metro Nashville police. Samson also shot himself, although it was unclear whether it was on goal or accident.

"That's like him. He's just someone who cares about a lot of people", Rheta Engle said.

Two pistols were recovered in the church and two more guns were found in Mr Samson's vehicle nearby. "He was the hero today". I think maybe the devil got to him.

He asked for prayers for the victims and their families, adding, "Please pray for the shooter, the shooter's family and friends. They are hurting as well", Engle said in a statement. The real heroes are the police, first responders, and medical staff and doctors who have helped me and everyone affected.

Dickerson and Engle were released from the hospital Sunday, according to Metro Nashville Police Department.

CNN reported that a vigil will be held Monday evening and Samson is expected back in court on Wednesday.

In a statement, Engle played down his actions.

Another will be outside Burnette Chapel Church of Christ at 7 p.m. local time. New Beautiful Gate Pastor Michael Mosby said he is neighbors with Spann.

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