On the day September 24th, 2017 at 11 o’ clock in the morning, 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson targeted the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee. Wearing a ski mask and carrying two pistols, Samson fatally wounded Melanie Smith Crow, 39, in the church parking lot, before entering the church and opening fire in the crowd of 42 church goers, wounding 6 others between the ages of 60 and 83.
The shooter, Emanuel Samson was a black male, and the church goers were majority white.
Police Spokesman Don Aaron stated: “One woman who was walking to her vehicle was immediately fatally wounded by the gunman, who we believe then entered the rear of the church, other persons were still inside the rear of the building, the gunman opened fire on them, multiple rounds were fired inside the church”
According to church member Minerva Rosa: “Our church is senior people, they didn’t make it out.” Area resident Joe Love said: “He shot the lady in the back and then rolled her over and shot her in the face… He shot [Melanie Smith] like she was a damn dog in his backyard.”
“I’m just absolutely stunned. I just can’t believe that someone would come off the street and just start shooting. That seems to be what happened.” Said former pastor of the church Bill Hunter.
Area resident Steven Whidby: “It’s just a lil’ country church. It’s just a sad day when people do something like that at a church.”
Church Usher Robert Engle confronted the shooter and was pistol-whipped before Samson shot himself during the skirmish. Initial reports said that Samson intentionally shot himself, but Police have clarified that it is unclear if the self-inflicted wound was intentional or an unintentional discharge due to the confrontation. With the suspect disabled, Engle is reported to have retrieved a legal firearm from his vehicle and guarded the shooter until police arrived on scene.
Police Spokesman Don Aaron also said about the event: “It would appear [Samson] was not expecting to encounter a brave individual like the church usher. We believe he is the hero today.”
Along with many of his victims, Samson was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In addition to a head injury from being pistol-whipped, the courageous usher also suffered a separated shoulder in the encounter.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Spokesperson John Howser said: “The two critical patients suffered gunshot wounds to their chest and torso. The four other patients suffered gunshot wounds to their extremities.”
Samson has since been released from the hospital and will be charged with both murder and multiple counts of attempted murder.
Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County Mayor Megan Barry said: “This is a terrible tragedy for our city. My heart aches for the family and friends of the deceased as well as for the wounded victims and their loved ones. Their lives have been forever changed, as has the life of their faith community at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. My administration, especially the Metro Nashville Police Department, will continue to work with community members to stop crime before it starts, encourage peaceful conflict resolution, and promote non-violence.”
Federal officials have also reported that they will initiate a civil rights investigation into the shooting –noting that the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ is a majority white church.
The U.S. Attorney’s office stated: “The Memphis FBI Field Office’s Nashville Resident Agency, the Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. 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. As this is an ongoing investigation we are not able to comment further at this time.”
Police Spokesman Don Aaron: “He [Samson] actually had attended this church a year or two years ago. They said he hasn’t been there in quite a while. They couldn’t be more definitive on that, but they actually knew him … There are certain things that have come to our attention [regarding motive] that are under investigation, but that remains to be announced.”
Originally from Sudan, Emanuel Kidega Samson was brought to the United States in 1996 when he was only 5 years old. Samson a legal United States resident. In 2013 Samson graduated from Motlow State Community College with an associate’s degree in Psychology and expressed his desire to become a counselor.
A thorough review of Samson’s Facebook account reveals his mindset and even a possible motive for the shooting. GOT NEWS reported that in July 2016, Samson shared a link from a website that falsely claimed that police murdered a Black Panther General execution style and tried to cover it up. It seems that Samson was exposed to race-baiting.
In January of 2017, Samson shared a Mic.com video on “White Terrorism” which included the headline “You’re more likely to be killed by a white man than a Muslim terrorist” and Samson himself commented: “So, hey, is Trump considering a ban on white men?”
In February 2017, Samson shared a video from “1 Million Africans: The Trilogy” claiming that “the West helped destroy Africa by providing loans that Africans could not pay because they have been robbed by the West for 400 years.” African governments don’t have agency? Even if they did, would they represent the values of the people or look out for them? Nope, all the west’s fault, of course!
In the same month, Samson shared a video of Muslim activist Yasmeen Abdel-Magied defending Sharia Law against the Australian Senator Jacqui Lambie. Samson wrote “You can’t converse with some people, that’s the unfortunate truth. Folk will accept what you have to say when they want/ready to.”
In June 2017, Samson shared an article from “Now Africa” claiming “1 Trillion stolen from Africa in 50 years and Diverted to Western countries illegally.” In July, Samson shared a video titled “Zimbabwe is taking its diamonds back,” and explained that it’s dictator Robert Mugabe had “announced that the state will now own all diamonds in the country.” Samson praised Mugabe, whose regime has murdered thousands of civilians and confiscated private property from citizens of European descent.
Samson wrote, “Bossman Bobby back at it again.”
In August 2017 Samson shared a post that implied citizens shouldn’t trust police because an account purporting to be an assistant chief of police had shared a racially insensitive meme.
Just imagine if the races were reversed. The Media takes a story about Dylann Roof and makes you remember it forever. This is a more radicalized Dylann Roof but in a race-baited black man’s body. The statistics show that whites are killed more often than blacks in police confrontations even when the numbers are adjusted for total population.
Stories like this show the error with movements like Black Lives Matter and the fake news associated with it. This instance is somewhat familiar with James Hodgkinson, the man who was looking to kill Republicans and wounded Rep. Steve Scalise, simply for being right wing and believing that they were the ultimate evil, either by wanting to repeal socialized government healthcare or not kneeling to Cultural Marxism.
What has the media said about this? Nothing. It was covered as it was happening, but the media dropped it as they realized that this story will not fit their narrative.