Nashville Church Shooting Suspect's Cryptic Facebook Posts Before Attack: 'You Are More Than What They Told Us'

“Become the creator instead of what’s created."

The gunman who shot eight people in a Nashville, Tennesee church Sunday morning, has already confessed, according to new court documents.

One of the eight people shot in the Nashvilled church has died. Melanie Smith, 39, dead in the parking lot of the church.

Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, of La Vergne, Tennessee, told police that he arrived at the church a little before 11 am, armed with a handgun. He then "fired upon the church building," USA Today reports.


Now, new details are being released about Samson, including cryptic Facebook posts he wrote before the attack.

On Sunday morning, the day of the shooting, Samson allegedly posted two photos of him flexing his muscles. Accompanying those photographs was the phrase, "unrestricted paroxysm."

"Paroxysm" means a sudden attack. It can also mean a violent expression of emotion.

Samson also wrote other cryptic Facebook posts, according to USA TODAY:

“Everything you've ever doubted or made to be believe as false, is real. & vice versa, B,” he allegedly said in one post.

“Become the creator instead of what’s created. Whatever you say, goes,” he wrote in another.

Another read, “You are more than what they told us.”

A motive in the shooting is not yet known. There were about 50 people in the church when gunfire erupted, according to CNN. Church usher Robert Engle, 22, bravely confronted the gunman. Many are hailing him a hero. During a struggle with Engle, the gunman accidently shot himself. Engle has also been credited with tackling the gunman.

Minerva Rosa was inside the church when the shooting began. She told CNN that the gunman was silent when he entered. She said if it weren’t for Engle, more lives may have been lost.

"I think it could be worse," she said. "He was a hero today."

[Photo: Metropolitan Nashville Police Department]

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