Federal Authorities Open Civil Rights Probe Into Nashville Church Shooting

Liam Clancy Reporter
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The shooting at a Nashville church by a Sudanese immigrant that left one dead and seven wounded is now the subject of a civil rights investigation, Fox News reported Sunday.

“The Memphis FBI Field Office’s Nashville Resident Agency, the Civil Rights Division, and the US Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee have opened a civil rights investigation into the shooting at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee,” David Boling, spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Nashville said in a statement.

“The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence. As this is an ongoing investigation we are not able to comment further at this time,” Boling continued.

Twenty-five-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson entered the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ around 11 a.m. Sunday morning wearing a ski mask. He first shot one woman dead in the parking lot before opening fire on the congregation worshiping inside. (RELATED: Tennessee Church Shooting Suspect Is A Sudanese Bodybuilder)