18 June 2015 - 9 dead in shooting at Charleston church
South Carolina church shooting: nine dead after 'hate crime' attack
Michael Safi (The Guardian)
At least nine people have been killed after a gunman opened fire at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, in what police have described as a “hate crime”.
A bomb threat was also briefly issued after security services swarmed the area around the Emanuel AME Church, whose pastor Clementa Pinckney, a Democratic member of the South Carolina Senate, was said to be present at the time of the shooting.
Police have not confirmed the identities of the victims, eight of whom were killed in the church, another dying on the way to hospital.
Melanie Eversley (USA Today)
Among the dead was the state senator who was pastor of the church, Democrat Clementa Pinckney, WCBD reported. Pinckney, 41, was married with two children and had served in the state Senate since 2000, according to online biographies.
People were taking part in a prayer meeting at the time of the incident, Mayor Joe Riley said during the press conference.
"This is inexplicable," Riley said. "It is the most intolerable and unbelievable act possible ... The only reason someone could walk into church and shoot people praying is out of hate."
Staff (The Chicago Tribune)
The suspected shooter is still at large, according to authorities. Police described the suspect as a white male, approximately 21 years old, with a slender build. They also said he is believed to be wearing a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans and Timberland boots.
Police helicopters with search lights were circling overhead in the area, and a group of pastors could be seen kneeling and praying across the street.
Police Spokesman Charles Francis confirmed that media crews were pushed a block away from Emanuel AME to the corner of King and Calhoun because of an alleged bomb threat at the Charleston Marriott hotel.
Lindsey Bever and Robert Costa (The Washington Post)
“This is the most unspeakable and heartbreaking tragedy in historic Emanuel AME church, the mother church of the AME churches,” Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley (D) said. “People in prayer Wednesday evening, a ritual coming together, praying and worshiping God. To have an awful person come in and shoot them is inexplicable. Obviously the most intolerable and unbelievable act possible.”
“The only reason someone could walk into a church and shoot people praying is out of hate,” he added. “The only reason. It is the most dastardly act that one could possibly imagine.”
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