Despite the Trump administration doing everything it can to monitor immigration as well as keep crime to a minimum, it seems that there will always be somebody who slips through the cracks.
Recently, a shooter walked into a church and shot several elderly members, killing one person and wounding eight others. The masked man opened fire after a service in Antioch, TN – only to be stopped by a church usher who the police are calling a “hero,” according to the New York Post.
Emanuel Kidega Samson, a 25-year-old from Rutherford County, opened fire at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ at 11:15 a.m. Among the casualties was a 39-year-old parishioner, Melanie Smith, who was shot and died from her wounds, according to authorities.
The man was only subdued when an usher, 22-year-old Robert Engle, tried to stop the man and got pistol-whipped by the masked gunman, causing “significant injury around his head.” However, police spokesman Don Aaron said, “there was a significant struggle between the two,” and “during the struggle, the gunman shot himself, probably not intentionally, in the left pectoral muscle.”
After the incident, Engle ran to get his own gun and restrained the wounded suspect until the police arrived on the scene.
“He’s the hero — he’s the person who stopped this madness,” said Police Chief Steve Anderson. As for Samson, he was treated at an area hospital and was released into police custody, and will be charged with one count of murder, along with additional charges to come at a later point in time.
As for the rest of the injured victims, all but one of them are over 60 and were taken to the Vanderbilt Medical Center. “This is a terrible tragedy for our city. My heart aches for the family and friends of the deceased as well as for the wounded victims and their loved ones. Their lives have been forever changed, as has the life of their faith community at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ,” tweeted Nashville Mayor Megan Berry.
According to Fox News, the FBI has confirmed that they have started an investigation into the shooting. Interestingly enough, it appears that the 25-year-old culprit immigrated from Sudan two decades ago, legally. That would have taken place while America was under the Clinton administration, where immigration was far less scrutinized than it is currently.
In fact, Sudan is one of the countries on the Trump administration’s travel ban list. If these same immigration standards were in place during the Clinton administration, this incident likely would have never happened in the first place.
“Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet,” tweeted the president, alongside announcements of an updated travel ban list, which includes those from Venezuela, Chad, and Libya, among others.
Did the church usher save innocent lives?
“We cannot afford to continue the failed policies of the past, which present an unacceptable danger to our country,” said Trump in a White House statement about the travel ban updates.
Perhaps the greatest problem facing Americans is that the aftereffects of poor immigration policies will haunt Americans for generations, such as in this instance. It’s one of many reasons why maintaining the safety of this country is one of the Trump administration’s top priorities.
Thankfully, one heroic young man with a firearm of his own stopped this situation from escalating further. Whether or not that’ll be the story next time is uncertain.