Prayers for the victims of a horrific shooting Sunday morning at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee, just south of Nashville. A man later identified as a Sudanese national and bodybuilder, Emanuel Kidega Samson, shot a woman in the parking lot then entered the church and opened fire. He killed one person and injured seven others before shooting himself, possibly accidentally. He survived and is facing charges of murder and multiple attempted murders. His motivation, if any, is as yet unknown.
Thankfully, there is an undisputed hero of this tragic event: 22-year-old church usher Caleb Engle attempted to tackle the hulking Samson (the Biblical reference is not lost on me) and was pistol-whipped. But he has a concealed carry permit, and he ran to the car, got his weapon and held Samson until police arrived. If he hadn’t been there with access to his gun, there might have been many more victims. I tell this part of the story because it’s the part that probably will be glossed over when most media outlets report it.
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