Nashville church usher praised for confronting accused gunman in deadly shooting

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John Howser, spokesman for Vanderbilt University Medical Center said, "The two critical patients suffered gunshot wounds to their chest and torso".

Among the injured are the church's minister, Joey Spann, 60, and his wife, Peggy, 65.

Minerva Rosa, a member of the church who works at a Veterans Administration hospital, told WKRN that Spann had been preaching from the Gospel of Luke when the gunman entered the building. Some things that get reported by the media will later turn out to be wrong.

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

The Tennessean posted this video of a Sunday night vigil at Ezell-Harding Christian School, which is associated with Churches of Christ.

The suspect is believed to have been there for at least several minutes before church service let out, according to police.

The woman who died in the attack was identified as Melanie Smith (39) who was the resident Smyrna, Tennessee.

Samson's girlfriend said she tried to leave the room but he demanded she talk with him, the report states. Samson had a Tennessee driver's license.

"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.

"After the gunman suffered the self-inflicted wound, the church usher... ran to his vehicle, got his gun, came back in, and made sure the gunman didn't make any more movements until the police officers arrived", Aaron told journalists.

Samson was charged with felony homicide and more may be added, police said.

Police recovered four firearms believed to be Samson's - two pistols in the church and a pistol and rifle from his SUV.

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

Aaron said it was unclear whether the self-inflicted wound was intentional.

According to the details of the incident provided, Samson pulled into the church's parking lot as the Sunday service was ending. She was a caring woman who loved God, according to her daughter Breanna. The usher then ran to his vehicle and retrieved a handgun, police said. The alleged gunman, Emanuel Samson, 25, was among the injured.

  • Rogelio Becker