Many of you have already heard the horrifying events that occurred at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee this weekend. But what some of you may not know is how the events were ended by a concealed carrier who knew he needed to do something to stop the bloodshed.
22-year-old Robert Engle was sitting in the Burnette Chapel Church on Sunday along with over 40 other people when deranged killer Emanuel K. Sampson walked into the building wearing a mask and carrying a gun that he intended to use that day, and use it he did.
Moments after Sampson arrived at the church he shot and killed a woman standing by her vehicle outside before he walked into the church and began to open fire on the helpless group of worshipers. The entire spree killed one and injured 8 others in this nightmarish shooting.
As other church attendees attempted to escape the onslaught of bullets or find any place to hide, Robert Engle knew that he couldn't just run and hide from this. He would stare death in the face as he figured out a way to stop this man.
Robert Engle is a card-carrying concealed carrier and during his young life, he had already been training on how to stop threats like this one with his trusty sidearm. Unfortunately for everyone in the church and Engle himself, this day Engle did not decide to carry into the Burnette Chapel Church, but just because his tool wasn't there didn't mean that Engle's internal fortitude was gone. It was at that moment that Engle, armless, decided to act.
Engle and Sampson began to struggle and fight for the shooter's gun in an attempt to stop him, or at the very least, buy some time for other church-goers to get to safety.
The two fought over Sampson's gun for a few moments until Engle found an opening and, in the brawl, turned Sampson's gun into his own chest where the gun went off, striking and disabling the gunman.
As church attendants looked on at the carnage created by the gunman and the gunman himself now bleeding on the floor alongside his victims, Robert Engle ran to his car and grabbed his personal firearm, which he kept pointed at Sampson until the police arrived on the scene.
In the aftermath, many folks at the church expressed their deepest gratitude in the kind words they said about Engle to the media.
“He’s just a great guy,” Blake Langrod, 20, said to the Tennesseean, referring to Engle. “Just one of the kindest human beings you’ll ever meet.”
“That’s like him. He’s just someone who cares about a lot of people. He has all their feelings at heart,” Engle’s grandmother Rheta Engle said. “It would make any parent, grandparent very, very proud of him.”
So just like that, we hear of another mass shooting attempt that could have been even worse than the nightmare it was if it wasn't for a defensive shooter amongst the throngs of potential victims. Our hearts go out to the victims of this senseless tragedy.