Church shooter mentioned revenge
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.