A gunman wearing a ski mask stormed into a Nashville, Tenn.-area church on Sunday, shooting seven people, including the pastor, before attacking a church usher who ultimately subdued him with a personal weapon, Nashville police said. The suspect shot himself during a struggle with an usher from the church in Antioch, but survived his wound.
The usher, who was struck in the face by the gun, fetched his own gun from his car and guarded the gunman until police arrived. Police said the usher acted in an “extraordinarily brave” way. One woman, named as 39-year-old Melanie Smith of Smyrna, was found dead in the car park near the suspect’s car. Nashville Police said the suspected attacker at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ was Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, who was originally from Sudan. He will be charged with murder and attempted murder.