Incident Summary:

09/24/2017: An assailant opened fire on Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch neighborhood, Nashville, Tennessee, United States. One person was killed and eight others, including the assailant, were wounded in the attack. An unaffiliated individual, identified as Emanuel Kidega Samson, claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in revenge for the June 18, 2015 attack on a church in Charleston, South Carolina by Dylann Roof.



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North America

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in Antioch neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Burnette Chapel Church of Christ
Specific Description Church
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A pistol was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Melanie Smith, Robert Engle, and pastor Joey Spann. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 8 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 8
Number of U.S. Injured 8
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"Tennessee church shooter may have sought revenge for Charleston shooting," UPI, September 30, 2017.
"One Killed, 7 Injured in Tennessee Church Shooting," VOA News, September 24, 2017.
"Latest: Gunman among eight injured in Tennessee church shooting," Breaking, September 24, 2017.