Nine Dead In Charleston Church Shooting; Shooter Still On The Loose

Nine people were killed during a Bible study group at historically black Emanuel American Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, South Carolina last night. Police are conducting an “all-out manhunt” for the shooter and have described the shooting as a hate crime.

Charleston police have released a photo of the shooter, a white man in his early 20s, who had spent the previous hour attending prayer service at the church. Three of the victims were female and six were male, and three survivors are currently hospitalized.

As it stands, the shooter is still at large, and police have only released a few details about the situation. The pastor of the church, Clementa Pinckney, has been missing following the shooting. Pinckney also serves as a state senator in South Carolina, and her colleagues have been publicly stating their condolences.

 

Police are urging Charleston residents to be vigilant and cautious. Residents have been organizing public prayer circles for the victims and their families, and a prayer vigil will be held today at noon at the nearby Morris Brown AME church.

[ABC]

[Washington Post]

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