1 Dead, 7 Injured In Tennessee Church; "Clown Mask"-Wearing Shooter Identified As Sudanese Immigrant

Update (5:00 pm ET): Authorities have identified the shooter as Emanuel  Kidega Samson, 25, of Murfreesboro. Little is known about Samson or his motivation - other than that he is a black male, and that he wore a clown mask during the assault, before turning his gun on himself. According to the Washington Times, Samson has been discharged from the hospital and will soon be charged with murder and attempting murder for the attack, police said.

Samson is reportedly a Sudanese immigrant. Screenshots of his Facebook profile have been circulating on Twitter:

And here's what's purportedly his Instagram page:

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Update (3 pm ET): Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has isued a statement about the deadly shooting at a baptist church in nearby Antioch Tennessee today. Antioch is a separate municipality that is governed by the city of Nashville's government.

This is a terrible tragedy for our city," she said. "My heart aches for the family and friends of the deceased."

According to a report from ABC, the gunman “began indiscriminately shooting” after entering the church. He was confronted by a church usher and eventually shot himself during the struggle.



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Update (2:45 pm ET): In a disturbing update reportedly gleaned from police scanner chatter, the as-yet-to-be-identified assailant in a church shooting in Antioch, Tennessee was reportedly wearing a clown mask at the time of the attack, which left one woman dead and seven other people inured, not including the shooter, who police say shot himself. In an ominous sign, the involvement of the clown mask harkens back to the rash of evil clown sightings across the US last fall, a phenomenon that inspired a mini-hysteria. Perhaps this incident suggests that, just in time for the Halloween season, the phenomenon is set to reoccurr, possibly in an even more malevolent form.

Notably, a remake of the horror movie "IT", which features an evil clown named Pennywise, was released two weeks ago.

The shooter is expected to survive, and will hopefully cooperate with police to provide clues as to his motivation.

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Update (2 pm ET): One victim has died and seven are being treated for their wounds according to the latest news out of Antioch, Tennessee. The Metro Nashville Police Department said one woman was shot dead in the parking lot, and six other “innocents” were shot, while a seventh was "pistol whipped". The shooter, who reportedly shot himself, is being treated for his wounds at a local hospital. Police described the shooter's wounds as non-life threatening. It’s understood the shooting occurred shortly after 11 a.m, according to local reports and Russia Today.

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Update: “Medical personnel are treating 8 wounded churchgoers shot at Burnett’s Chapel Church of Christ,” Nashville Fire Department said in a tweet Sunday. “Shooter among wounded.”


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As we detailed earlier, At least six people were shot at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee, according to Metro Nashville Police.

A woman living next door to the church told WKRN two people came up to her door and said, “Someone is shooting at us at the church.”

Her husband went to the church and saw a victim that had been shot in the back. He saw someone lying in the doorway, and “some other people that were shot.”

The extent of the injuries are not known.

The Tennessean reports that Joseph Pleasant, a spokesman for the Nashville fire department, confirmed at least six to eight people have been injured and were being transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Pleasant, who was en route to the scene around noon, did not know the severity of the injuries.

Metro Nashville Police said the scene remained active as of 12:10 p.m. local time and advised people to stay away from the area, though it is not clear if the shooter, or shooters, remain at-large or if someone is in custody.