Preacher recounts deadly church shooting, suspect due in court Wednesday

ANTIOCH, Tenn. (CNN) -- Just days after opening fire at a church in Antioch, Tennessee the accused shooter, Emanuel Samson will make his first court appearance Wednesday.

Emanuel Samson, 25, is accused of killing one and wounded six more at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee, Photo Date: 9/24/17

The emotional wounds of Sunday's shooting are just as fresh as the physical ones that injured victims are recovering from.

One of those victims is Joey Spann, a minister at The Burnette Chapel Church of Christ and he spoke about his traumatizing experience.

"It goes through your head right away what's going on but your mind, you can't grasp it," says Spann, "The glass around us popping and the bullets coming. It was surreal."

Spann says it felt like an air gun when a bullet hit his chest.

He says it didn't hurt but as he fell he heard his wife, Peggy, calling his name.

"I said, 'Honey, he's killed me'."

Spann paused for a long time.

"And I said, 'I'm dying and I'm sorry'."

Spann was also shot in the hand, losing a finger, but the minister says it's nothing compared to his life.

"I thought I'd died and to come out of it with a lost finger. I'll take that."

Melanie Smith was the one victim killed in the shooting. Spann and five others were injured in the attack.

22-year-old Caleb Engle is being credited by witnesses, police, and reporters as the reason that many others weren't slaughtered that Sunday morning.

Smith's funeral is being held Thursday in Nashville.

Police have charged Emanuel Samson with murder and attempted murder and officials say that more charges are likely to follow.



 
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