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Robert Caleb Engle, the Burnette Chapel Church usher who tackled the shooter: Photos

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Robert Engle seems to be the newest American hero. The young 22-year old usher at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, near Nashville was the one who actually stopped the blood bath at the church and stopped the 25-year old Emanuel Samson from killing any more people. While the 25-year old Sudanese immigrant in the US was able to take the life of one woman and injure at least six other people including the Minister of the Burnette Chapel Church, he couldn’t do any more damage.

While Emanuel K Samson was a body builder and was massively built, Robert Engle showed that you don’t need to be a superhuman to tackle such people, courage helps overcome many obstacles. And this seems to be so true in this case as well.


Reports suggest that Robert Caleb Engle tried to stop the suspect, by physically engaging him. The usher first confronted Samson after he entered the church and opened fire, preventing him from causing further damage. The gunfire killed at least one person and injured seven others. Reports suggest that Samson pistol-whipped Engel multiple times during the confrontation, according to the Tennessean.

He seems to be the latest sensation on social media. Dan Kidder, While writing on his faceboompgae says, “Not to detract from the extraordinary bravery shown by this young man in stopping the shooter, but this once again demonstrates the need to carry your gun on your person anytime you are out and about. Don’t leave it in a purse, backpack, jacket, car, or nightstand. Have it on you and ready for use. Attacking a determined and armed assassin is a dangerous gamble. No doubt there was divine intervention here, but a safer option would have been to draw your concealed firearm and shoot the terrorist. Glad it turned out the way it did”.

Christi O’Grady, while writing on her Facebook page says, “One point for Team Humanity! I’m recognizing this young man today! Not only for his courageous actions but also for something he said. In a statement Caleb gave, he had said that he didn’t want to be called a “Hero”. Now, I don’t know Caleb’s reasons but I would have said the exact same thing and here’s why. When an event like this happens, it’s huge! It’s not one person or even two. It’s numerous people that get directly affected by the tragedy. In a sense, it takes a team. It’s never just one person to blame and it’s never just one person to highlight. Caleb was only playing his part on his team. I think our news media does this kind of thing purposely. Highlighting the outstanding actions of one, all the lives he saved, calling him a hero. All this essentially does is give us a GOD to worship. Even if for a short while, that is still what we are doing”.

One thing that can be deduced from Robert Caleb Engle Facebook page is the that that he loves guns.

In the meantime, in a statement Engel said: “I’ve been going to this church my whole life since I was a small child. I would have never, ever thought something like this would have happened…I ask everyone to pray for the victims, family members of the victims, our church community. Please pray for healing. Also, please pray for the shooter, the shooter’s family, and friends.”

He further said, “They are hurting as well. I pray that through all of this that people will come to know Christ and I ask our nation to reflect on Romans 8:31, ‘If God is for us, who can be against us…I do not want to be labeled a hero. The real heroes are the police, first responders, and medical staff and doctors who have helped me and everyone affected. My hope is for privacy for all involved”.

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