Nashville Church Shooting Suspect's Cryptic Message

WKRN image of the scene outside the church on Sunday

So far a motive for the mindless shooting has not been determined but authorities are investigating the case to find one.

The shooting comes a little more than two years after Dylann Roof, a white supremacist, shot and killed nine people inside an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Aaron says an usher at the church confronted the gunman and then was pistol-whipped. After Samson was shot in the struggle, Engle's father stood guard over him while Engle went to get his firearm from his vehicle. During this initial struggle, the suspect shot himself in the chest, giving Engle - a licensed gun owner - time to get his gun from his auto.

Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson said Engle "stopped this madness, so we're very, very, very grateful to him".

Please join me in praying for the victims of today's church shooting in Antioch, victims' families and their community.

Engle said in a statement released Sunday evening that he'd attended the church since he was a small child and he did not want to be labeled as a hero. Also, please pray for the shooter, the shooter's family and friends.

"They are hurting as well.I pray that through all of this that people will come to know Christ and I ask our nation to reflect on Romans 8:31, 'If God is for us, who can be against us?'"

Engle's grandmother said Sunday afternoon she's proud of her grandson.

The 25-year-old wore a mask and brought two guns to the church on Sunday and fired "multiple rounds", said police.

Reports also state that the FBI will be initiating a civil rights investigation in association with the shooting at the predominantly white church at the hands of a black assailant. "Without him I think it could be worse".

"We are beyond grateful for the enormous outpouring of love and compassion we have received from so many after the tragic event that took place yesterday", the church said on its Facebook page Monday.

"He's just someone who care about a lot of people", Rheta Engle told the Tennessean.

His friend, Blake Langford described Engel as a "great guy" and called him a "gentle giant". "& vice versa, B", one post read.

Metro Nashville Police officers stormed into the church after getting a call of an active shooter at 11:15 a.m. Sunday. "Whatever you say goes".

He had written: "Everything you've ever doubted or made to be believe as false, is real".

The shooting left one woman dead and eight others wounded, including the suspect, who is now in police custody.

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