It happened this morning. Another shooting took place in the south, but this time it occurred in the house of God. The shooter began his rampage when he opened fire in the parking lot, killing Melanie Smith, 39.
The shooter has been identified as 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson. Police have said he previously attended the church but had not been there in more than a year.
About an hour before the shooting, Samson had made several cryptic Facebook posts.Everything you’ve ever doubted or made to be believe as false, is real. & vice versa, B.”He also wrote, “You are more than what they told us.”
According to the Tennesseean, “He actually had attended this church a year or two years ago,” Aaron said. “They said he hasn’t been there in quite a while. They couldn’t be more definitive on that, but they actually knew him.”
After he shot the woman he entered the church and began letting loose his bullets. Many people were injured, but 22-year-old Robert Engle decided to go after the shooter. The two fought for a while before the shooter shot himself in the tussle. That is when Engle ran to get his own weapon and came inside to subdue the shooter. Is this man a hero? And will you pray for the victims?
Let me seek to be reconciled with those who have caused me harm. Help me to forgive, as You forgave. Help me to love my enemies and pray for those who have persecuted me. Bring justice and peace to the lives of those who have done me harm. Let them see Your face and feel the warmth of Your love so that they may never injure another.
Lord we pray for Your mercy and compassion, We live in troubled times, and the answers to our problems are not simple or easy. Send Your Spirit upon us to strengthen our resolve to root out the violence, hate, and fear in our lives. Replace it with Your forbearance and love. Create in us hearts of courage, grace us with the ability to stand against the violence of our day: the violence in ourselves, our homes, streets and communities. In your name we pray, Amen.