BREAKING NEWS........White Gun Man Kills 9 Black People In A Historic Black Church And Is Now On The Run!!!!!!!!
|White Gun Man Kills 9 Black People In A Historic |
Black Church And Is Now On The Run!!!!!!!!
The police chief, Greg Mullen, called the shooting a hate crime.
Chief Mullen said that law enforcement officials, including the F.B.I. and other federal agencies, were assisting in the investigation of a shooting that left six women and three men dead.
The gunman walked into the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and attended the meeting for about an hour before open firing.
Six females and three males were killed, police said.
Though authorities did not release the names of the victims, the church’s pastor, Clementa Pinckney, who is also a South Carolina state senator, was missing after the shooting, and some members of the congregation feared the worst.
Indeed, House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford said Pinckney was among the dead, and friends started posting “RIP” condolences on social media.
|Mr. Pinckney |
“This is clearly a tragedy in the city of Charleston,” Chief Mullen said. He did not say what type of gun was used in the shooting.
A prayer vigil near the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church early Thursday.
“The is a situation that is unacceptable in any society, especially in our society and our city,” Chief Mullen said at an early morning news conference. “We are leaving no stone unturned.”
Police said the shooting occurred at about 9 p.m. at the historic church, which is located between Henrietta and Calhoun streets near Marion Square in downtown Charleston.
Emergency dispatchers received a call at about 9:05 p.m., police said, and units were immediately dispatched to the church.
|Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church|
A ninth person was taken to a nearby hospital, where that person died, the police chief said.
Police initially said a total of two people had been taken to the hospital, but clarified later that there was only one.
The Rev. Norvel Goff, a presiding elder for the African Methodist Episcopal Church who was interviewed near the scene, said the suspect “walked in, from my understanding, not so much as a participant, but as a brief observer who then stood up and then started shooting.”
“It’s a very tragic situation,” Goff said. “Stressful. Grieving.”
Help police find the suspect in the shooting @ 110 Calhoun St pic.twitter.com/92GW7fMCTA— Charleston P.D. (@CharlestonPD) June 18, 2015