Charleston, SC Shooting At Church Kills 9

Posted: Jun 18 2015, 12:36am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 18 2015, 8:01am CDT, in News | Latest Political News


Charleston, SC Shooting at Church Kills 9
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Breaking News: A shooting In Charleston South Carolina kills nine. Possible a hate crime.

Charleston, S.C. - A shooting at a church in  downtown Charleston SC kills 9. A white gunman has entered the historic African-American church Wednesday evening. 

Surveillance images of the suspect and his car have been released by the Charleston Police department.

Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen said to reporters hours after the shooting: "It is unfathomable that somebody in today’s society would walk into a church when people are having a prayer meeting and take their lives." 

The gunman is still at large and Police is still searching for him. The gunman is described as a white male in his early twenties, clean-shaven and of small build. He was wearing a gray sweater, jeans and Timberland boots according to Police reports the Washington Post.

Besides the 9 dead, Police said that others have been injured. The shooting occurred at 9pm at the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. 

A first prominent victim has been identified by the media. Reverend Clementa Pinckney, a South Carolina state senator who is also the pastor of the Emanuel A.M.E. Church is a victim of the gunman.

According to Wikipedia, 41-year-old Clementa Carlos Pinckney was a Democratic member of the South Carolina Senate, representing the 45th District since 2000. He was previously a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1997 through 2000.

Charleston SC is a city founded in 1670, is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel pre-Civil-War-era houses, particularly in the bustling French Quarter and Battery areas. The Battery promenade and Waterfront Park both overlook Charleston Harbor, while Fort Sumter, a Federal stronghold where the first shots of the Civil War rang out, lies across the water.

Hillary Clinton was in Charleston SC just earlier on Wednesday and she talked about police violence. Reverend Clementa Pinckney had been joining her on the campaign. Hillary reacted on Twitter an hour ago.

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