Published On: Tue, Sep 26th, 2017

Tennessee church shooting: Emanuel Kidega Samson posted Black Power, anti-police propaganda, pro-Islam, defended Sharia Law

A Tennessee church is the latest victim of an attack from an extremist, this time a Sudanese immigrant named Emanuel Kidega Samson murdered one and injured seven Sunday when he opened fire on the Nashville-area church.

Samson, 25, 0f La Vergne, confessed to police that he “fired upon the church building” after arriving there with a handgun, leaving Melanie Smith, 39, dead, shot and killed as as she was walking to her car when the terrorist attack occurred at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ.

Emanuel Samson

According to police, the gunman shot himself after he was confronted by a church member, Robert Engle, 22, who went to his car and retrieved a gun. Engle has a permit to carry the handgun, authorities said.

“The gunman was wounded by a self-inflicted shot,” a police spokesman said. “He too has been taken to the hospital. One of the church members, upon seeing the gunman doing this action inside the church, ran up and confronted him. He was pistol-whipped by the gunman,” Aaron told reporters.
Got News chronicled the shooters political and religious leanings, posting on Facebook “a variety of Black Power and anti-police propaganda on his personal Facebook page. In addition, he shared a number of pro-Islamic posts, including a video in which a Muslim activist defends Sharia law.”

Samson attended Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in the past, but had now been there in years.

Photos from a Facebook page under Samson’s name seemed to show him lifting weights and showing off his physique, with the words “unrestricted paroxysm” underneath, meaning a sudden attack or violent expression of emotion, the Tennessean reported.

A post earlier Sunday read: “Everything you’ve ever doubted or made to be believe as false, is real. & vice versa, B.” Another post read, “Become the creator instead of what’s created. What you say, goes.”


Authorities said Samson was previously employed as a licensed unarmed security guard, and took a class on Friday to renew that license.

“The Memphis FBI Field Office’s Nashville Resident Agency, the Civil Rights Division, and the US Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee have opened a civil rights investigation into the shooting at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee. The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence,” FBI Memphis told Fox News on Sunday.

Witnesses told police that they heard gunshots from the church’s parking lot moments after Samson entered the building.

The pastor shouted “Run, run, gunshots!” and congregants hid under pews or in bathrooms.

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  1. melony says:

    Media let this terrorist slip into the woodwork, since the alleged antifa terrorist massacred Las Vegas country music fans.

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