Church shooter men­tioned re­venge

The Dallas Morning News - - Nation -

WASH­ING­TON — A note found in the car of a man charged with spray­ing deadly gun­fire at a Tennessee church made ref­er­ence to re­venge for a white su­prem­a­cist’s mas­sacre at a black church in Charleston, S.C., two years ear­lier, law en­force­ment of­fi­cials said.

The note could of­fer a glimpse into Emanuel Kidega Sam­son’s mind-set at the time of Sun­day’s shoot­ing and a pos­si­ble mo­tive for the ram­page, which left a woman dead and six other peo­ple wounded. The note was sum­ma­rized in an in­ves­tiga­tive re­port cir­cu­lat­ing among law en­force­ment. The re­port said that “in sum and in no way ver­ba­tim,” the note ref­er­enced re­venge or re­tal­i­a­tion for Dy­lann Roof, the white su­prem­a­cist who killed nine black wor­ship­pers at the South Carolina church in 2015 and has since been sen­tenced to death. It wasn’t clear what pre­cisely Sam­son is al­leged to have writ­ten about the Roof shoot­ing, or whether his note con­tained other im­por­tant de­tails that might also speak to a mo­ti­va­tion or state of mind.

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