Meet the good guy with a gun who stopped a mass shooting at Nashville-area church


Sunday, a 22-year-old’s life changed forever by doing the simple act of going to church.

What happened?

Robert Engle was sitting inside the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee. 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson murdered a woman in the church parking lot, before he stormed inside and started shooting people.

That’s when according to authorities, Engle sprung into action and “physically engaged” Samson, and after a “significant struggle” ensued, Samson laid injured from a single gunshot from his own firearm to the chest. Engle was pistol-whipped and injured.

But Engle kept going, racing to his car and retrieved a firearm so he could protect the church and its congregation from Samson before the police arrived. Engle later went to the hospital for injuries sustained when he was pistol-whipped.

Who is Engle?

Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson says

“Engle is a hero. He’s the hero. He’s the person who stopped this madness.”

According to posts on his Facebook page, Engle has attended the church since he was a kid and loves his family and his faith. Police say he is also a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and does have a license to carry concealed firearms.

What did Engle say about the church attack?

Engle said in a statement he did not want to be called a hero, and he just hopes people will come to know Jesus through the incident:

“I’ve been going to this church my whole life, since I was a small child. I would have never, ever thought something like this would have happened.

I ask everyone to pray for the victims, family members of the victims, our church community. Please pray for healing. 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?”

I do not want to be labeled a hero. The real heroes are the police, first responders, and medical staff and doctors who have helped me and everyone affected.

My hope is for privacy for all involved.”

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1 Comment

  1. CPH

    September 25, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    More people like Mr. Engle should be proud to practice their faith. He did what had to be done and hopefully others would learn from him. The gunman was out to destroy good people and had no regard for anyone. Too bad he is still around.

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