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At Least 1 Person Was Killed in Tennessee Church Shooting. Here’s What We Know
The shooter is in custody
At least one woman was killed and seven people were injured Sunday when a masked gunman opened fire outside a Tennessee church, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department.
Police said the 26-year-old suspect opened fire outside of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ as people were leaving the church following Sunday morning services. As of Sunday afternoon, the suspect was in custody after he reportedly shot himself — though his condition was not immediately known, police said.
What happened at the Antioch Church?
Around 11:15 a.m. Central Daylight Time, dispatchers began receiving calls of a shooting at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tenn. As of 11:40 a.m., the scene was still considered active.
The gunman arrived in a blue SUV and started unloading gunfire in the parking lot of the church, fatally striking one woman who was on her way to the car, according to a Nashville police press briefing. He then proceeded to fire multiple rounds inside the church.
A member of the church confronted the gunman inside and was pistol whipped. The churchgoer, who had a permit to carry a weapon, went to his car to retrieve his own gun. When he returned, he witnessed the gunman shoot himself, according to police.
The incident was described as a “mass casualty situation” with the wounded transported to area hospitals.
At about 1:40 p.m., the fire department announced that they had transported members of the church who weren’t injured in the shooting to a safe location.
Police are still investigating the shooting and interviewing witnesses.
Who was injured in the church shooting?
A female churchgoer was killed as she was leaving Burnette Chapel and six others were injured in the shooting, according to police
Three women and three men were among the injured, police said. All except one of the wounded was over 60 years old, according to a tweet from the Nashville Fire Department.
The gunman was also injured by a self-inflicted gun shot wound. His condition is still unknown, according to Nashville police.
Who was responsible for the Tennessee church shooting?
The gunman has not been named, although police did reveal that he was a 26-year-old man in his mid-twenties.
His injuries have been described as non-life threatening and he is currently under guard at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, police said.
Police say he is likely from Rutherford County. His connection to the church is also unclear.
What was the response in Tennessee to the church shooting?
Nashville Major Megan Barry called the deadly shooting a “terrible tragedy for our city.”
“My heart aches for the family and friends of the deceased as well as for the wounded victims and their loved ones,” Barry said in the statement. “Their lives have been forever changed, as has the life of their faith community at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. My administration, especially the Metro Nashville Police Department, will continue to work with community members to stop crime before it starts, encourage peaceful conflict resolution, and promote non-violence.
For NFL Teams, Unity Is the Message
It was an unprecedented response
The day began with yet another attempt by President Donald Trump to curb free speech and control the actions of private citizens.
Trump, as he is wont to do, opened his Twitter account in the early morning hours to issue another rebuke of NFL players who choose to demonstrate during the national anthem. “Fire or suspend!” he wrote, and in the same message also called for fans to boycott America’s most popular pro sports league.
Less than three hours later, NFL Sunday kicked off in London, where the Ravens and the Jaguars made the first in what would be a long day of shows of unity in response to Trump’s comments. Jaguars owner Shad Khan, one of seven owners who donated $1 million to the president’s inaugural committee, stood on the sideline during the anthem, his arms linked with tight end Marcedes Lewis and linebacker Telvin Smith. On both sidelines, players joined arms as “The Star-Spangled Banner” played, and several players kneeled for the first time this season.
As the day continued, NFL teams in all parts of the country would follow suit in responding to the president’s remarks with quiet actions during the anthem. Most players linked arms; some kneeled; and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin kept his players off the field entirely during the anthem, with the exception of left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, an Army veteran, who stood by himself near the tunnel at Soldier Field with his hand on his heart. It was the most widespread NFL participation in the movement former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started last season, when he began taking a knee during the pregame playing of the national anthem to protest police brutality and social injustices in the U.S.
The leaguewide call to action was spurred Friday night, when at a rally in Alabama, Trump disparaged players who demonstrate during the national anthem and called for them to be fired. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired!’ ” Trump then noted that many of the NFL team owners are friends of his.
Trump continued, noting that NFL ratings are down “massively,” and taking credit for that. In further disrespect for the players, he then criticized the league’s rules promoting player safety, saying that the penalties for players who make illegal hits are “ruining the game.” His words reverberated around the league, sending such large shockwaves that even owners who have backed him financially and whom he’d count among his friends issued statements rebuking his remarks. That list includes Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who is among the owners closest to Trump and who also issued one of the most strongly worded statements, saying that he was “deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President.” (Most NFL team owners or representatives have issued some statement in response to Trump’s comments; exceptions, as of mid-afternoon, included Dallas’s Jerry Jones, Washington’s Daniel Snyder and Carolina’s Jerry Richardson.
Trump doubled and tripled down on Twitter on Saturday and Sunday, only taking a break in his assault against the NFL and NBA to threaten North Korea leader Kim Jong-un. Around the league, teams responded. Some of the reactions Sunday:
• In Philadelphia, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie stood at midfield among a cluster of players who raised their fists during the anthem, including safety Malcolm Jenkins and receiver Torrey Smith, as the anthem played with a large flag unfurled across the field. On the opposite sideline, Giants players and coaches linked arms. For the first time, Damon Harrison, Landon Collins and Olivier Vernon took a knee.
• In Foxborough, Mass., a group of about 16 Patriots kneeled together, locking arms. They were booed by the home crowd.
• In Charlotte, 10 Saints players sat on the bench during the national anthem: safety Rafael Bush, safety Kenny Vaccaro, safety Chris Banjo, defensive end Alex Okafor, defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, defensive end Cameron Jordan, running back Adrian Peterson, running back Alvin Kamara, running back Mark Ingram and receiver Brandon Coleman. Four teammates stood behind them with hands on their shoulders. On the Panthers sideline, veteran defensive end Julius Peppers was nowhere to be found during the anthem. Throughout the preseason and into the regular season, Peppers had been standing for the anthem.
• In East Rutherford, N.J., the team owned by Trump’s current ambassador to the U.K, Woody Johnson, all stood along the sidelines, with their arms linked. Johnson’s brother, Christopher, who is the acting owner while Woody serves in Trump’s administration, joined the players. On the opposite sideline, the Miami Dolphins players also stood in a line, with their arms linked. At the far end of the line, four Dolphins kneeled—left tackle Laremy Tunsil, safety Maurice Smith and receivers Julius Thomas and Kenny Stills. Wideout Jarvis Landry stood between them, with his arm on the shoulders of Smith and Thomas. After the anthem concluded, all five men hugged.
• Before their game in Nashville, the Seahawks as a team announced that they would stay in the locker room.
It was a powerful message sent by the NFL, the country’s most popular sports league, standing up together quietly and peacefully after being disrespected by the president. But as Trump no doubt knows, there were also plenty of fans in stadiums or watching at home on TV—and others who heeded his call to boycott the NFL—who believe he’s on the right side of this issue and won’t hear otherwise. In a way, the leaguewide demonstrations played into the hands of a president willing to sacrifice First Amendment rights for the sake of riling up his base.
But that’s not how Sunday will be remembered. It will be remembered as an unprecedented display of unity in the NFL, between white players and black, between conference rivals, in all corners of the country, in defense of their rights as American citizens. And on the opposite side, is the leader of the free world.
Stevie Wonder Takes a Knee and Green Day Rouses the Crowd at Global Citizen Festival
Over 60,000 people came together in Manhattan’s Central Park on Saturday to sing, dance and sweat in early fall heat for the sixth annual Global Citizen Festival. More than six hours of music from acts like Stevie Wonder and Green Day was interspersed with speeches and calls to action from dignitaries and celebrities like Hugh…
Over 60,000 people came together in Manhattan’s Central Park on Saturday to sing, dance and sweat in early fall heat for the sixth annual Global Citizen Festival. More than six hours of music from acts like Stevie Wonder and Green Day was interspersed with speeches and calls to action from dignitaries and celebrities like Hugh Jackman, Priyanka Chopra and Senator Chuck Schumer.
Main headliner Stevie Wonder, sauntering onstage as the closeout act, drilled home the politically-charged nature of the festival by echoing NFL star Colin Kaepernick and taking a knee.
“Tonight I’m taking a knee for America,” he said, receiving assistance from his son as he lowered himself. “But not just one knee, both knees. Both knees in prayer for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world and our globe. Amen. I wanted to say that prayer before I serve you my musical meal. Is that OK?” he asked. “Are y’all ready to have some fun?”
He prefaced his act with philosophy. “We could lose at the ultimate video game of life,” Wonder told the crowd. “I didn’t come here to preach. But I’m telling you, our spirits must be in the right place. All the time, not just now. Whenever you need to, [you must] interrupt hate, stand down bigotry, condemn sexism and find love for all our global brothers and sisters every day.”
His move was reflective of the evening, which matched political warnings and discussion of the goals to end world poverty by 2030 with celebratory music. There was Alessia Cara, kicking off the show with her brand of empowering pop; The Killers, bringing rock energy to an audience sweltering in the bright sun; and Andra Day, opening with a powerful, haunting rendition of “Strange Fruit.”
Other acts included the folksy Lumineers, rapper Big Sean and The Chainsmokers, using lights and pyrotechnics to good effect. But perhaps the most appropriate group to match the evening’s message was old-school punk rockers Green Day. As Billie Joe Armstrong launched into his set, the crowd converged toward the stage, creating an excitable mosh.
“I’m not a part of the Don Trump America,” he sang over the band’s classic rebel jam “American Idiot” from 2004. After playing an acoustic encore, the openly political Armstrong closed out with one message: “Keep fighting.”
Meanwhile Senator Chuck Schumer, who spoke early on in the festival, garnered a laugh for wearing shorts and brandishing a bike helmet onstage as he dissed the proposed border wall. (He had biked in from Brooklyn, he said.) Speakers like Coldplay singer Chris Martin, appearing in a video message, invoked the legacy of Nelson Mandela in fighting for the end of poverty. Jane Goodall, legendary scientist, delivered a chimpanzee greeting after noting the similarities between our primate brethren and ourselves. Demi Lovato revealed she’s Global Citizen’s new ambassador for mental health, formalizing her role as a voice for children.
“This is how we change the world: one person at a time,” Whoopi Goldberg announced at one point. (Attendees received tickets by taking social media actions, like tweeting at world leaders, to support poverty-ending initiatives.) She then led the crowd in a chant. “Can you say that: ‘I’m not gonna take the BS anymore!’ Scream it! Remember how that felt.”
Global Citizen reports that people participating in their campaigns took 1.6 million actions over two months, resulting in $3.2 billion worth of commitments and announcements set to affect 221 million people, all intended to forward the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
President Trump Tweets NFL Players ‘Standing With Locked Arms Is Good.’ They Were Protesting Him
President Donald Trump sent mixed messages about the kneeling movement sweeping the sports world — appearing to support some of the unprecedented solidarity among NFL players Sunday after he encouraged football fans to boycott games if players took part in the silent protest during the national anthem. Following early-morning tweets where he criticized the NFL’s…
President Donald Trump sent mixed messages about the kneeling movement sweeping the sports world — appearing to support some of the unprecedented solidarity among NFL players Sunday after he encouraged football fans to boycott games if players took part in the silent protest during the national anthem.
Following early-morning tweets where he criticized the NFL’s ratings, Trump returned to Twitter Sunday afternoon after more than 100 football players linked arms or knelt during the anthem — a visually defiant moment in response to criticism from the President about similar protests started last year by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
“Great solidarity for our National Anthem and for our Country. Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. Bad ratings!” Trump tweeted.
The Pittsburgh Steelers stayed in the locker room as the national anthem played Sunday before they played the Chicago Bears.”We’re not going to let divisive times or divisive individuals affect our agenda,” Steelers coach, Mike Tomlin, said before the game, according to the AP. The team’s decision was, according to Tomlin, “not to be disrespectful to the anthem but to remove ourselves from this circumstance. People shouldn’t have to choose.”
On Friday, Trump denounced Kaepernick-style protests at a rally for Alabama Sen. Luther Strange. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!” Trump said at the rally.
Trump on Saturday rescinded his White House invite to the Golden State Warriors’ star player, Stephen Curry, an outspoken critic of the Trump administration. In response, the Golden State Warriors, who won the NBA championship title earlier this year, released a statement saying the entire team would skip the White House visit — a longstanding tradition where winning sports teams get to meet the President.
“While we intended to meet as a team at the first opportunity we had this morning to collaboratively discuss a potential visit to the White House, we accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited. We believe there is nothing more American than our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them,” the team said in a statement.
The team is still planning on going to Washington in February. “In lieu of a visit to the White House, we have decided that we’ll constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization,” the team’s statement said.
1 Dead, At Least 6 Injured in Tennessee Church Shooting
Officials described it as a "mass casualty situation"
(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — A masked gunman entered a church in Tennessee on Sunday and opened fire, killing at least one person and injuring others before apparently shooting himself in the head, an official said.
At least six people were being treated for injuries after the shooting at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in the neighborhood in Antioch, according to Don Aaron, spokesman for the Metro Nashville Police Department.
Aaron said at a news conference that the gunman arrived at the parking lot as services were being let out at the church. Aaron said the suspect fatally shot a woman who was walking to her vehicle. The gunman then entered the rear of the church, and six people were shot. Aaron says a churchgoer who confronted the gunman was pistol-whipped by the suspect, who then shot himself.
Aaron said the suspect, in his 20s and from Rutherford County, was taken to a hospital. Aaron didn’t immediately release the suspect’s name or condition.
Aaron said he was “not aware” of any relationship between the alleged gunman and any of the worshippers inside the church. Congregants who witnessed the shootings were being interviewed by investigators.
The small, yellow brick church describes itself on its website as a “friendly, Bible based group of folks who love the Lord and are interested in spreading His Word to those who are lost.”
Photos on the church’s Facebook page show a diverse congregation with people of various ages and ethnicities.
More Than 100 NFL Players Kneel During Anthem in Defiance of President Trump
Players knelt or sat in protest, and one team stayed in the locker room
(NEW YORK) — NFL players used the national anthem to show their defiance to President Donald Trump’s criticism, with at least 100 players kneeling or sitting in protest and one team staying in the locker room.
Most teams in the early afternoon games locked arms in solidarity. At least three team owners joined their players.
More than 100 players sat or knelt, the form of protest started last season by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick is now a free agent, and supporters believe teams have avoided signing him because of his protest.
The Pittsburgh Steelers remained in the locker room as the national anthem played before their game with the Chicago Bears. Coach Mike Tomlin stood by himself on the sideline.
How each team would observe the national anthem emerged as the center of attention on this NFL Sunday in the wake of Trump’s critical remarks toward players who don’t stand for the anthem.
Tomlin had said before the game that Pittsburgh’s players would remain in the locker room and that “we’re not going to let divisive times or divisive individuals affect our agenda.” Tomlin added that the Steelers made this choice “not to be disrespectful to the anthem but to remove ourselves from this circumstance. People shouldn’t have to choose.”
Watch the Moving ‘Unity’ Ad the NFL Will Re-Air Following Trump Tensions
"We don't have to come from the same place"
(NEW YORK) — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a tweet that the league will re-air a unity television advertisement Sunday night that it first ran during February’s Super Bowl.
The one-minute spot called “Inside These Lines,” will be shown during the Sunday night game between the Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins.
Over images and video of NFL players embracing one another on the field, the narrator says “Inside these lines, we don’t have to come from the same place to help each other reach the same destination.”
Goodell said that President’s Trump’s remarks about the NFL demonstrated “an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL.”
Ted Cruz: I Can’t Support the Obamacare Repeal Bill ‘Right Now’
He still could change his mind though
Sen. Ted Cruz says he’s against the Republican bill that would erase much of President Barack Obama’s health law.
If the Texas Republican sticks to that stand, GOP leaders will have little hope that their 11th-hour Senate push will survive.
Cruz spokesman Phil Novack says the senator said Sunday in Austin, Texas, that “right now, they don’t have my vote.”
The bill would lose if three GOP senators vote “no” in a showdown this week.
Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Kentucky’s Rand Paul say they oppose the bill. GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said Sunday it’s “very difficult” to think she’d vote “yes.”
Cruz says he doesn’t think Utah GOP Sen. Mike Lee supports the measure. A Lee aide did not immediately answer a request for comment.
Angela Merkel Wins Fourth Term as German Chancellor
Now she has to form a coalition government
(BERLIN) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives beat their rivals on Sunday to win her a fourth term in an election that will also bring a far-right party into Germany’s parliament for the first time in more than half a century, exit polls showed.
After shock election results last year, from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union to the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, many look to Merkel to rally a bruised liberal Western order, tasking her with leading a post-Brexit Europe.
She must now form a coalition government – an arduous process that could take months as all potential partners are unsure whether they really want to share power with her.
Merkel’s conservative bloc won 32.5 percent of the vote, making them the largest parliamentary group, an exit poll for broadcaster ARD indicated. However, that was down from 41.5 percent in the last election, in 2013.
Support for their closest rivals, the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) which are currently junior partners in a so-called “grand coalition” with Merkel, slumped to 20.0 percent – a new post-war low. The SPD ruled out a re-run of that tie-up.
The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) stunned the establishment by finishing third and entering parliament for the first time with 13.5 percent of the vote.
Merkel, Europe’s longest serving leader, joins the late Helmut Kohl, her mentor who reunified Germany, and Konrad Adenauer, who led Germany’s rebirth after World War Two, as the only post-war chancellors to win four national elections.
SPD deputy leader Manuela Schwesig said her party would now go into opposition. That would rule out a re-run of Merkel’s existing alliance with the SPD.
An alternative coalition for Merkel would be a three-way tie-up with the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) and the ecologist Greens. That is a combination as yet untested at national level and known as the “Jamaica” option because the three parties’ colors are those of the black-gold-green Jamaica national flag.
Both the FDP and the environmentalist Greens have played down the prospect of a Jamaica coalition, but as they have been out of government for four and 12 years respectively, they may be lured into an alliance by the prospect of power.
Whatever the make-up of her coalition, Merkel, 63, faces four years of government in a fragmented parliament after the return of the FDP – unrepresented at national level for the last four years – and the arrival of the AfD.
Founded in 2013 by an anti-euro group of academics, the AfD has morphed into an anti-immigration party that has profited from Merkel’s 2015 decision to leave German borders open to over 1 million migrants, most of them fleeing war in the Middle East.
The party’s entry into the national parliament heralds the beginning of a new era in German politics that will see more robust debate and a departure from the steady, consensus-based approach that has marked the post-war period.
The other parties elected to the Bundestag all refuse to work with the AfD, which says it will press for Merkel to be “severely punished” for opening the door to refugees and migrants.
After the AfD hurt her conservatives in regional elections last year, Merkel, a pastor’s daughter who grew up in Communist East Germany, wondered if she should run for re-election.
But with the migrant issue under control this year, she threw herself into a punishing campaign schedule, presenting herself as an anchor of stability in an uncertain world.
Kingsman Takes the Crown of Weekend Box Office
"It" was a close second
(NEW YORK — The R-rated spy comedy “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” has taken over the top spot at the North American box office with an estimated $39 million debut.
The 20th Century Fox release pushed the Stephen King sensation “It” into second place in its third week of release. But “It” still continues to pull in record crowds. With $30 million over the weekend, “It” is now the highest-grossing horror film of all time, not accounting for inflation, with $266.3 million thus far.
The unexpectedly strong performance of “It” may have slightly hurt the opening of the “Kingsman” sequel.
The “Lego Movie” spinoff “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” was further off expectations. “Ninjago” debuted with $21.2 million. It was the second “Lego Movie” spinoff of the year, following February’s “The Lego Batman Movie.”