Church Shooter Wanted to Kill 10 White Christians: Prosecutors

Here's a church shooting incident the government didn't want you to know about.

Prosecutors claim a black male suspect accused of killing a woman and wounding seven other Christians at a church in Nashville was trying to kill at least 10 white people to avenge the June 2015 massacre at a historic black church in South Carolina.

Nashville Deputy District Attorney Amy Hunter said Emanuel Samson, 27, said the shooting carried out by white supremacist Dylann Roof at the Mother Emanuel AME Church was the inspiration for the September 2017 shooting. 

Hunter said, "This state will prove beyond all reasonable doubt that on Sept. 24, 2017, this defendant, Emanuel Kidega Samson, went to the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ with the intent to murder a minimum of 10 white churchgoers on that day. You won't have to take the state's word for it though."

Meanwhile the suspect's attorney claims Samson's true intent was to kill himself. She said her client left a suicide note for his girlfriend and sent a goodbye video to his cousin.

A judge ordered to keep many of the details of the case secret until trial.

Prosecutors are seeking life without parole for the suspect who faces a 43-count indictment, including a first-degree murder charge.

The suspect is accused of killing 38-year-old Melanie L. Crow, a woman who was shot in the church parking lot. She dropped her Bible and notes from a recently concluded worship ceremony.

The courtroom was filled with emotional members from the church.

Church member Robert Caleb Engle testified that during the incident he confronted the gunman who was wearing a tactical vest and a motorcycle-style mask with a clown smile on it.

Engle was pistol-whipped three times in the head. At one point, he pushed the gun back on the shooter and a shot fired, striking the gunman and sending him to the ground. Engle's father kicked the gun away and stood on the shooter's hand until Engle was able to get a gun from his truck.

They held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived.

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