Church Shooting Suspect in Tennessee Charged With Murder
The chaotic scene of two masked armed men shooting people, killing one of them, took place in a Tennessee church
Burnette Chapel Church of Christ member Minerva Rosa mentioned that the members were discussing about the success of their yard sale the previous day when they started hearing gunshots from outside.
David Spann, aged 60, is the pastor of the church and shouted: “Run, run, gunshots!” as congregants hid under pews or in bathrooms, according to the words of a witness.
The police said that a masked gunman was carrying two guns and entered the church after killing a woman outside. Then, he walked through the church silently and shot six more people. Police recovered another pistol and a shotgun from the suspect’s car.
Rosa said that the reading from that day had been from Luke, Chapter 8, in which a woman who touched Jesus was cured of bleeding. By the end of the shooting, she found herself on her knees, with her dress stained with blood, putting pressure on the pastor’s wound. She and other were able to call 911.
Robert Engle, a 22 year old, tackled the gunman and suffered injuries in the struggle. At some point, the shooter shot himself, even though it is not known if on purpose or by mistake. Engle took his own gun from his car and held the man until police arrived.
“He’s amazing,” Rosa told reporters about Engle. “Without him I think it could be worse. He was the hero today.”