One dead and six wounded after gunman opens fire on OAP worshippers in Nashville church

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ONE woman is dead and at least six people are wounded after a gunman opened fire on worshippers outside a Tennessee church this morning.

The attacker was among those injured during the bloodbath, police in Nashville said.

 Horrified worshippers comforted one another after police had swooped on the church in Antioch, TN

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Horrified worshippers comforted one another after police had swooped on the church in Antioch, TN
 A woman was killed after a shooter opened fire in a Tennessee church

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A woman was killed after a shooter opened fire in a Tennessee church
 Cops said they received reports of the shooting at the Burnette Chapel Church in Antioch around 5pm UK time

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Cops said they received reports of the shooting at the Burnette Chapel Church in Antioch around 5pm UK time
 All but one of the victims were older than 60, local police said

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All but one of the victims were older than 60, local police said
 The gunman has now been named as 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson of Rutherford County

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The gunman has now been named as 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson of Rutherford County

The female victim was gunned down in the church’s car park while the church’s pastor was shot in the chest, local TV station WKRN reported.

The gunman has now been named as 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson of Rutherford County.

All but one of the victims were older than 60, local police said.

Samson strode into Nashville’s Burnette Chapel Church of Christ wearing a ski mask and opened fire, spokesman Don Aaron of the Metropolitan Nashville Police told reporters.

The woman was later identified as 39-year-old Melanie Smith, of Smyrna.

A church usher confronted the gunman but was quickly struck in the head with the gun.

Although injured, the usher went to the parking lot, took a gun out of his vehicle and re-entered the sanctuary.

The suspect then shot and wounded himself.

“This is an exceptionally brave individual,” Aaron said of the usher during a briefing outside the church in Antioch, about 10 miles southeast of downtown Nashville.

Police had not determined the motive behind the shooting, but the spokesman said certain items were found that might establish why the man opened fire.

Cops said they received reports of the shooting at the Burnette Chapel Church in Antioch around 5pm UK time.

The Metro Nashville Police Department tweeted: “1 woman dead in parking lot…6 other innocents shot.”

Gunman opens fire at Church of Christ Burnette Chapel on Pin Hook Road. 1 woman dead in parking lot…6 other innocents shot… pic.twitter.com/yuwjfGPjXs

— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) September 24, 2017

Gunman wounded and at hospital. 1 other victim pistol whipped and at hospital.

— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) September 24, 2017

One of the victims had been pistol-whipped, it added.

The shooter is now in police custody, Fox News reports.

The condition of the wounded has not been revealed.

A Twitter account for the nearby Cross Point Church wrote: “Please join us right now in praying for our brothers & sisters at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ.”

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