Mid-South churches review security following fatal Nashville shooting

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Churches in the Mid-South are reviewing their security procedures after a man opened fire in a Nashville church.

Emanuel Kidega Samson is accused of killing one woman and injuring six other people when he opened fire inside the church around 11:15 a.m. on September 24.

Pastor Henry Key, who leads St. John Baptist Church in South Memphis, said the shooting made him rethink the steps his church takes to keep everyone safe during services.

Pastor Key said he did not feel like he should be carrying a weapon, but he knows it is his responsibility to do everything he can to keep his congregation safe.

"If I get harmed in the line of duty, that's part of being a Shepard," Pastor Key said. "On the other hand, if the members or any members of my church is involved, then I've got to take measures."

Pastor Key said his church is currently taking steps to provide additional security.

"We have a combination of alarm services, a combination of physical services, and right now we're looking at enhancing and upgrading our services to include surveillance."

Most state handgun laws say firearms with a permit are allowed in churches--with the exception of those portions of property of a religious institution being used for school purposes.

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