Emanuel Samson wanted to kill 'a minimum of 10 white churchgoers,' prosecutor says at trial
Emanuel K. Samson, the black man suspected in a 2017 mass shooting at an Antioch church, went there “with the intent to murder a minimum of 10 white churchgoers,” a prosecutor said Monday.
During opening statements in the trial against Samson, Deputy District Attorney Amy Hunter said he left a note on the dashboard of his vehicle explaining his plans to retaliate for a 2015 church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, when white supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine black worshipers.
The note said "Dylann Roof is less than nothing," and referenced "the blood that 10 of your kind will shed ... in terms of vengeance," according to portions Hunter read out loud in court.
Police had previously described the note in vague terms, but hadn't said if it explained a potential motive for the mass shooting at the Antioch church.
Police say Samson fatally shot Melanie Crow as she was walking through the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ parking lot after Sunday service on Sept. 24, 2017, and then shot and injured several others. He was indicted on 43 counts, including first-degree murder, aggravated assault and civil rights intimidation.