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#Update: White Shooter Dylann Storm Roof Arrested After Charleston Church Shooting

#Update: White Shooter Dylann Storm Roof Arrested After Charleston Church Shooting White Gunman Still On The Large After Charleston Shooting

The gunman was still at large early Thursday. And the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest AME church in the South, is being investigated as a hate crime.

“The only reason someone would walk into a church and shoot people that were praying is hate,” Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said.

Eight churchgoers died at the scene; a ninth at a hospital, police said. Among them is the church’s pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, according to CNN affiliate WCSC.

Officials wouldn’t say how many people were at the Bible study during the shooting. There were survivors, said Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen, but he didn’t elaborate.

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church has been a presence in Charleston since 1816, when African-American members of Charleston’s Methodist Episcopal Church formed their own congregation after a dispute over burial grounds.

It was burned to the ground at one point, but rebuilt. Throughout its history, it overcame obstacle after obstacle — destroyed by an earthquake, banned by the state. But its church members persevered, making it the largest African-American church in terms of seating space in Charleston.

Here’s what we know so far about the coward:

• There were three survivors in Wednesday evening’s shooting, Mullen said without elaborating.

• “This is a situation that is unacceptable in any society, and especially in our society and our city,” he said.

• Of the nine people killed, six were female and three were male.

• The suspect is in his early 20s and stands 5 feet, 9 inches tall. “He has on a very distinctive sweatshirt as well as the vehicle, with a very distinctive license plate,” the police chief said.

• Police say they think he is still in the Charleston area.

Let’s not get this tragic case confused, this is a HATE CRIME and act of TERRORISM of the highest degree. Contrary to popular belief and the media’s bias, you don’t have to be a brown person to be considered a terrorist.

 

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