Tennessee church gunman hoped to kill 10 white congregants to avenge Charleston massacre, prosecutors say
Fox News, May 20, 2019
A black man accused of killing a woman and wounding seven other people at a Nashville church in September 2017 was trying to kill at least 10 white worshippers to avenge the June 2015 massacre at a historic black church in South Carolina, prosecutors said Monday.
Nashville Deputy District Attorney Amy Hunter said in her opening statement that suspect Emanuel Samson, 27, referenced the shooting carried out by white supremacist Dylann Roof at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in a note police found in his car outside the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ.
"Dylann Roof is less than nothing," the note read, Hunter said. "The blood that 10 of your kind will shed is that of the color upon the RBG [Pan-African] flag in terms of vengeance." The note included an expletive and ended with a smiley face, Hunter said.
"This state will prove beyond all reasonable doub that on Sept. 24, 2017, this defendant, Emanuel Kidega Samson, went to the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ with the intent to murder a minimum of 10 white churchgoers on that day," Hunter said. "You won't have to take the state's word for it though."
Samson's attorney, Jennifer Lynn Thompson, claimed that Samson's true intention was to kill himself, saying that her client left a suicide note for his girlfriend and sent a goodbye video to his cousin.
"What this case is about is a man who was very sad, very suicidal, and he was looking to die that day," Thompson told jurors Monday.
A judge's order had kept many details of the case secret until trial.[More]
We reported this at the time:
As Audacious Epigone pointed out, this was a photographic negative of the Dylann Roof attack, but none of the bad things that were done to the white people (including everyone with a Confederate flag) alleged to have inspired Roof were done to the people who inspired Emanuel Samson, because the people who inspired Samson were the entire Main Stream Media and all the politicians in the Democratic Party, including the previous President, Barack Obama.
See That Obama Eulogy: Fuel On The Flames, While Leftists Cheer—And Conservatism Inc. Cowers, by Alexander Hart, June 30, 2015.