Burnette Church shooting

Police have identified the gunman who opened fire inside a Tennessee church, killing one and wounding six on Sunday morning.

25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson, wearing a neoprene half mask and driving a SUV, arrived in the parking lot outside Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, near Nashville, just as 10 a.m. services ended.

Samson exited his vehicle and shot one woman dead as she walked to her car in the parking lot.

He then entered the rear of the church, police say, and began randomly gunning down church members. All except one of the victims were over the age of 60.

Samson is a Muslim immigrant from Sudan and the victims were all Caucasian.

More than 30 worshippers attended the 10 a.m. service on Sunday. Police say 911 calls started coming in around 11:15 a.m.

A church usher, 22–year-old Robert Engle, confronted Samson who pistol-whipped him then shot himself in the left chest.

Engle, who has a carry and conceal permit, went to his car in the parking lot, retrieved a weapon and returned to ensure “the gunman didn’t make any more movements until police arrived,” said police spokesman Don Aaron at a press conference.

Aaron described Engle as an “extraordinarily brave individual.”

The wounded — including Samson — were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Two of the victims were listed in critical condition and four were in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

Engle and another victim were transported to Skyline Medical Center.

Samson has since been released from the hospital and he was booked into the county jail. He faces charges of murder and attempted murder.

Officials asked residents to stay away from Pin Hook Road where the church is located. Samson’s SUV was towed away from the parking lot on the side of the church.

In June 2012, Dylan Roof, then 21, shot and killed nine church members during a Bible study meeting at a historic black church in Charleston, SC.

Roof was convicted in January 2017 and sentenced to death. He is on death row in Terre Haute, Indiana.




  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Ok, who’s gonna be the 1st to ask?

  • JJSPLAYHOUSE

    Ask what?

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Was the shooter white?

  • Sade_fan

    The article says he was black. I think she wants to know if the victims were white.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    It was an all white church.

  • Sade_fan

    Sad

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    RIP to the victims.

  • Li

    Revenge for Charlottesville? Who knows. But I read something interesting today. A white pizza delivery guy wrote that he was held up so many times by black males that he’s become afraid of them. He won’t go around them.
    Keep it up folks and they’ll find a way to deport Black folks – back to Liberia.
    Next we’ll hear from Trump. I wonder who he’s going to blame???

    One last thing – did the man walk in wearing a mask? That alone gives you some indication of wrong doing.

  • the guest

    Schools and Church are not safe anymore. The two places people are supposed to feel safe. My heart is broken all over again reading this. All churches and schools are going to have to start having security check no matter what color neighborhood, rich, poor, or otherwise, everyone needs to take care to be safe. These times hurt my heart so badly.

  • Pamela

    RIP to just ONE victim. Fact.

  • wiseone

    Nobody is going to deport me – stop deflecting bich. I am not breaking laws and I don’t bother anybody so you implying that all black people will be deported is stupid. By the way are you keeping track of all the threats we get from your kind?

  • dontgetblocked

    I’m afraid of young black men. I’m glad they’re obsessed with white women. The Beckys can have the losers.

  • RaginB

    Nigga what was you thinkin?!

  • Karen Brady

    The usher was brave.

  • D. Curl

    This is terrible

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    True, thankfully there’s only one fatality thus far.

  • Noirluv45

    I just heard about this moments ago. No one is safe from evil. My heart goes out to the victims. I’m sure they won’t be taking this Black dude to get a hamburger like they did Roof.

  • Li

    The woman who was killed had just left the church and was walking to her car when she was shot, police said.
    ^^
    Very telling, it could have been a personal killing.

  • Malcom Flex

    Hmm. Thought he was just another bitter baby daddy killing his baby mama. Sorry for those who were hurt and lost their life.

  • Li

    OT: Tamar Braxton will say goodbye to pop stardom in order to save her marriage to Vincent Herbert.

    “There are a lot of things that I want to do, and a lot of things that are in the works,” Braxton, 40, told Entertainment Tonight. “There’s a lot of things that are going on in my relationship and me being close to this music industry, and whatever I can do to eliminate all of the stress and problems off of my relationship, I would rather do that.”

    Braxton and Herbert, 44, have been married since 2008 and have one son together, Logan.

    “My husband and I work very close together and it’s really hard, you know?” Braxton added. “Not only do we work together, he is my baby daddy and, you know, we’ve been together forever. He’s my best friend. It’s a lot of things to discuss and argue about.”
    &&&&
    How many believe this^^?

  • nick c

    Roof got the death penalty you always spew nonsense?

  • tintin

    If he felt that this is some type of payback for want Roof did he’s a real idiot. This fixes nothing. I’m not happy with how some white ppl treat blacks many times….i don’t agree with their racist statements gestures or whatever it may be however I will never stoop to their level. God will deal with those ppl that are racist, vile and disgusting. I Will remain respectable as long as I am respected to any race.

  • Karen Brady

    Does Tenn have the death penalty? Give it to him or the next best thing if not. Done.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    U sound dumb as fawk go get a black man bc we know u dying for one and stfu!!! Stupid azz bytch u wanna be black so bad dumb ho

  • KA

    The church was racially diverse.

  • Karen Brady

    Chile please.. I’m sure they’re more afraid of her than she is of them. On another post last week though she/he/it got dragged because they’re supposedley a white racist.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I wanna drag that bytch in real life for real! That’s why she on here dumb bytch will never say it to our face NEVER!!

  • Karen Brady

    Oh me too… with one hand while holding a cute purse in the other. All I need is one hand. She’s a coward who obviously loves being here but fukkk her.

  • KA

    The church was racially diverse

    http://www.tennessean.com/

  • interestingconcept1

    Can’t fix stupid with stupid. He can die too. Just like Roof needs too.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Her and about 3 more other folk on here. I’ll drag they azz.

  • Karen Brady

    YUP. I know the ones.

  • Waya Hedia

    classy… like.. cellmate classy.

  • Waya Hedia

    internet tuff girl. Big mouth, no skills, bad attitude. They only ass you’re draggin’ around is yours.

  • Waya Hedia

    oh.. then it’s OK.

  • Ryan

    What part is nonsense? The cops did take him to BK after he killed several innocent people in a church.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Send me yo address tuff girl see me how bout that.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Waya hoe!

  • Diva_woman

    When was this? Didn’t she just sign on for the great xscape tour? & to answer your question I don’t believe anything out of that girls mouth

  • Diva_woman

    This is a sad and strange situation. It will be interesting to learn the motives behind this. There are just too many guns in America and our answer is just more guns. We’ve dug ourselves a hole that we can’t get out of.

  • Waya Hedia

    The only thing scary about you is your bold stupidity.

  • MsPam

    Liberia don’t want us, stop believing that myth that African countries/continents want us.?????

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Well there’s a couple things scary about u! The fact that u prob ain’t got no job living in a shack with yo cracked out momma and daddy who prob barefoot outside on the porch putting snuff n they bottom lip in addition to the 5 cats and 7 dogs u got living with u and the pigs n the back of your nasty house that’s y u on here wishing u was one of us but u TRASH HOE! U never will be!!! Go wash yourself! I’m not responding to trash like u anymore! Have a nice day! Get a job

  • Li

    I’m waiting for Trump to chime in. You know he’s going to tweet/say something stupid.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    Guns don’t need kill ppl it’s the operator of the gun!! We have got to stop saying guns are the problem there are a lot of deaths due to knives should we get rid of knives and ban them? Or what about cars? Here’s the thing some ppl who live their life perfectly “normal” no background of any violence no history of mental illness law abiding citizens their entire life one day just snaps????? You can’t screen for that. A lot of mass murderers have no criminal background and most ppl who lived with them near there or worked with them say the same thing he/she was a good person there was no way of knowing they would snap!

  • Nala Shakur

    I heard this before except the gunman was white and the church members were black…

  • IamAllnatural

    No, they’ll probably make him eat his own crap.

  • IamAllnatural

    & another one?

  • Allihave2say

    So wait…did the gunman get a burger, fries and a coke before going to jail?

  • IamAllnatural

    Where will you be deported to, Europe or Mexico?

  • IamAllnatural

    No way, he’s not white or privileged!

  • Diva_woman

    It’s just interesting how countries without as much access to guns have less murders than we do here. Even when people go on stabbing sprees not as many people are killed. It’s not a coincidence that the countries with lower murder rates also have strict gun laws.

  • Evillene

    Terrible crime. He will and should be punished, put to death even. But yes, the cops should have bought him a Happy Meal just like that yt piece of sh*t.

  • Diva_woman

    I’m sure he’ll be swift and direct in his response to this event unlike his response to the murder at the hands of the kkk in 2017.

  • Evillene

    He got some Burger King first. Courtesy of the cops who apprehended him and were fully aware of what he’d done.

  • Ebony Starr

    He shot the first victim when she walked to her car, in the parking lot!

  • Ryan

    If they’re white they would think of something nasty like that.

  • Rayne

    Welp. I’m having de ja vú. Anybody wanna go get a burger ? and fries ?And a ?.

  • Waya Hedia

    Chuckle. Well thanks for at least giving me a daddy. By the way I make more than you could ever dream of making. Especially with that attitude.

  • xenaD

    Although he is a coward and a bunch of other things for what he has done.. I can imagine the things the white people will call him (and will actually be referring to all black people)
    Is that racist what I just said, can I be racist? (I’m black) my opinions are usually so strong but I had an argument with a real life racist on B*ssip once, I refuse to ever in my life go thru that again! So I usually just read and scroll and smdh as I go along. Idk how long these comment sections have been this way , but it’s very disgusting (the racist people) I mean. I feel how I feel towards a certain kind of people ?? but I don’t spew hate on here like that’s so unnecessary. Grow up some of you!

  • Noirluv45

    White folks always group Blacks together when one of us commits a sin, but fail to do so when they do it. That’s what White supremacy looks like. No one on the planet is more violent and evil than they, but they have to deflect (that’s a White supremacist/racist playbook move) all their evil on Black people. That’s the nature of the beast.

    P.S. Some Black people, whom I call White supremacists too, do the same thing. Many people who comment aren’t actually Black, so beware.

  • stav

    I agree with those who are white racist, but it’s certainly not all whites.

  • Noirluv45

    I never said it was all Whites. You know what I find ironic? When comments are made about the cops and/or White people, some say, “It’s not all of them,” but rarely is that said when people make blanket statements towards Blacks. Just an observation.

  • klwbaby

    I feel its a waste of time to engage with certain people. Because at the end of the day, those type of people are stuck in their ways/feelings and nothing will change that or they could be trolls who like to say things for attention.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Yeah straight up ‘classy’ like your Presidunce.

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    MAXIMUM EMERGENCY COMPENSATORY ACTION.

    However, he made the grave mistake of not killing him self in the end- The System will have a field day with him.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    But he was a member until two years ago.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    I bet no one offered him burger king. Still, bro it’s not worth it.

  • Waya Hedia

    Haha cracking me up you just lumped all white folks together!!!

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    “Samson is black and the victims were all Caucasian.”

    I had a feeling that’s why police spokesman Don Aaron immediately identified the shooter as a black man. The other thing that troubles me about this story, is the licensed gun carrier left his weapon in his vehicle.

    My weapon is ALWAYS on my person. Sometimes, I carry two guns, one on my hip and one strapped to my ankle. ??

  • Noirluv45

    Whoever the shoe fits.

  • Karen Brady

    So true

  • Karen Brady

    SSSSLLLLLLLAAAAAYYYYY yes you did.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    My question was asked before I learned the identity of the shooter. It is still sad and wrong no matter what race. But it figures, some blacks copy cat crazy whites, just sick.

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    Doesn’t matter if he got Burger King or not. WTF. We live in White System, nothing whites and non whites do will be treated equally. Not even murder.

    If this fool was serious he should of killed himself as well.

  • hottlanta

    Marriage is stressful. No you got to be kidding. Women are knocking themselves out to be marred and you say you gotta bail out the music industry to save it. Being married is a piece of cake.

  • hottlanta

    If white women are knocking themselves out to get to a black man that means that why men ain’t shyt.

  • XoXo

    You’ll have to wait until like 3-5am when he’s somewhere, in a dark room, watching Melania porno. FirstLadyMyAzz

  • XoXo

    It should called the Scallywag Tour

  • hottlanta

    If Scott Peterson, Susan Smith and Charles Manson is here we ain’t going no where.

  • NicoleZee

    TN is a death penalty state, I hope he gets the needle. Sick POS! People can’t even worship and fellowship in peace. All of these loonies need to be locked away to rot until they die or they need a needle in their arm, period. Sickening.

  • NicoleZee

    Thankfully, yes!!! They use lethal injection or electrocution. I hope he gets the needle, quicker, rather than 20 years from now.

  • NicoleZee

    If this is true, she needs medication. I wouldn’t be trying to hold on to no sorry ass dude. If he wants to go then go, be free and fly like a bird out of my life. More life for her to enjoy since people say he’s controlling and abusive. She sounds like a battered wife. Very sad.

  • Karla E

    He committed a crime and got caught, nothing really to analyze about that.

  • Faux Gibbler

    Of course you make this a race issue.

  • Faux Gibbler

    He’s no better than Dillon Roof. He went to a place where people feel safe to worship. Both cowards. Both scum of the earth.

  • Faux Gibbler

    Black Supremcy. Right there.
    Only ones in these comments making this about race.

  • Michelle

    This guy is from the Sudan. They hate Christians. Living in the Middle East has made me realize Islam does not have a skin color and extremism can come in any shade. This dude shot up a Christian church out of hate. Many Christians are losing their lives over here in the ME because of guys like him.

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    I’m the only one….right

  • Michelle

    Its not strange these dudes are killing Christians every day in their country. Its wide spread in ME countries. Especially Egypt.

  • Michelle

    He is Muslim from Sudan. This is a religious hate crime.

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    Absolutely! It’s not about race as long as they can kill black people! SMH

  • Karla E

    Cracking up at the Burger King comments. ? Of all the shit to think about. Who gives a f@$@ about some damn processed garbage! I tell ya…

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    Collectively speaking…

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    I mean really? I know they call me crazy but to argue over some whether or not he received fast food is beyond comprehensible.

  • Karla E

    They equated that to special treatment. I’m done. ?

  • Karla E

    All up and down the comments.

  • Pamela

    It’s easy to find Black people that will apologize for White people’s behaviour. You will be hard pressed to find Black people that will apologize for their own kind. We are quick to through each other under the bus. Sadly the Yt man uses this to their advantage.

  • bhavana

    Who would think they’d need a gun in the house of the Lord?

  • http://suzar.com/BOTW/BOTW-ch1d-pages7-8.html Staci Elle

    Im with u sis. stay up

  • EMILY POST

    Sad times…When Christians are constantly being attacked in church.
    It is the religion that is under attack all the time but everyone acts like its normal to attack christians beliefs and physically harm them.

  • KA

    Even though you’re licensed (I am) so many places restrict guns on the property that it makes no sense to be licensed. Basically everywhere I go has a restriction of guns on the property, and that overrides the license to carry. There have been many church shootings, I know he would think to have it at church, but it was probably not permitted in the building.

  • KA

    “Never underestimate the demons in a man’s mind.” Scarface

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    LOL. Now you’re reverting to form.

    The guy was a member until two years ago so I am guessing it was personal rather than religious.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Zero respect for God
    Zero respect for the House of God.

  • YES I SAID IT…

    And don’t forget zero respect for life itself!

  • Noirluv45

    Awww, sister Staci…I see you! Thank you, sis!

  • Noirluv45

    Pamela, you got that right.

  • Noirluv45

    The only group that has historically made things about race don’t look like me. Now put that in your peace pipe and smoke it.

    Plus, your reply is so typical. Calling Blacks “Black supremacists” when we hit you in the gut with your b.s. and the “Making thing about race” when people like you fail to acknowledge truth. Therefore, since you aren’t willing to do so, keep it moving.

  • imright

    wonder why they kicked him out ?

  • Numba Pulla

    Dylan roof was willing to talk and they gave him burger king to keep him motivated. They do it on the first48 all the time you see chip and soda bags on the table. Coffee cigarettes etc. Just saying. Isnt that significant

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I don’t know if he was kicked out or he left of his own accord.
    My point was it wasn’t a religious bias crime.

  • Li

    Ok, got it.

  • Li

    If he was a Muslim fr Sudan – meaning he was recently immigrated to the US; how did he get a gun? The gun laws need to be tightened for sure.

  • Mo Mobetta

    Yea you can be racist.. just because we are both black doesn’t eliminate the fact we can also be racist.. that’s the problem people try to associate racism to just white people, which in return makes them racist..

  • Mischelle

    He has identified as a Christian and was a former member of the church. Also, he’s been here since he was 4 years old.

  • Juslv374

    You’re right Emily, all over the world it’s happening like this. Christians being hated and attacked just for being Christians and it rarely gets any media coverage.

  • Elevated Soul

    No doubt this cat was indoctrinated by Alt-Left/Antifa politics and now dude will be frying like bacon because of it too….”This is what crazy look like”…..

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    You’re right! Foretold at 2 Timothy 3:1-5

  • xenaD

    Yea. Ok. Ima let u rock

  • 2telldatruth

    I can guarantee you the opposite is true. He was a member of an ALL WHITE church in the hills of Tennessee. I am sure he experienced some serious racism throughout his time there which is probably what led him to doing what he did.

  • Elevated Soul

    Perhaps what you say is true but if not,he was indoctrinated by Antifa/Fake News.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    If you live in a state that permits you to carry a concealed weapon, it should be on you at all times. Criminals couldn’t care less about the “lord’s house.” Never live under a false sense of security.

  • truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

    Exactly.

  • EMILY POST

    You think your commenting … i say your trolling…. you still crushing on my comments….?

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Your statement hit home.

    You can’t even pray and worship in peace anymore. Smh. Demons sitting right in church with you.

    Church used to be a safe haven outside of your home, when the world was a mess. Not anymore. When everything else becomes more important than God, that opens the door to nothing but evil.

    Prayers for those who lost their lives and peace of mind.

  • Michelle

    How was he a member of a Christian church and a Muslim immigrant for the Sudan?

  • Michelle

    No he wasn’t indoctrinated by them. This happens all the time in the Sudan. The news never highlights Christian persecution. The travel ban for Americans to the Sudan was just lifted yesterday. They hate Americans

  • Tlowe89

    I live in that area and saw all the police cars go by and wondered what was going on. When i found out the hospitals they took the victims too I was confused bcus there are like 2 hospitals closer. They took some victims to Flatline (skyline) which is a horrid hospital and is all the way on the other side of town. Makes no sense

  • Faux Gibbler

    I am bi-racial and I am so sick of hearing racist rhetoric from both sides. Phuck off.

  • Noirluv45

    Well, I have a solution that might help heal your sickness…don’t read the comments. There, I fixed that for ya.