The suspect in the Tennessee church shooting on Sept. 24 may have been driven by his desire to seek revenge for an earlier rampage which targeted black parishioners in Charleston, South Carolina, according to a report.
Emanuel Kidega Samson reportedly wore a mask when he entered the Burnett Chapel of Christ in Antioch in Nashville and opened fire, killing one parishioner at the parking lot and injuring six others. Sources familiar with the investigation said a note found in his car suggests that this might have been his way of getting revenge for the shooting at the Emanuel AME church in 2015 for which white supremacist Dylann Roof was convicted and sentenced to execution, The Washington Post detailed.
As of the moment, investigators have not identified Samson's motive for the shooting, but they are trying to check if the suspect had mental health issues which could have led to the incident. As for the note found his car, there were no other details available about it.
The FBI and the Justice Department's civil rights division have launched a hate-crimes investigation into the Tennessee church shooting. A state murder charge will also be given to Samson in connection with the incident.
Meanwhile, Burnette Chapel Church of Christ is trying to move on from the deadly shooting while still processing the events during that fateful Sunday. They have already buried Melanie Crow, who was killed during the incident, and those who were injured are now in stable condition albeit some are still in the hospital, USA Today reported.
In addition, the congregation will resume their regular fellowship every Sunday morning and their midweek worship as well. Vanderbilt Divinity School dean Rev. Emilie Townes said other churches that went through the same experience also did the same since continuing their services gives people a semblance of stability amidst an unstable situation.