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Hate Crime: 9 People Killed in Church Shooting

Hate Crime: 9 People Killed in Church Shooting

This morning, police were looking for a white man, who appears to be in his early 20s, in connection with a mass shooting at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, last night. According to authorities, the man walked into Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church—an active church in that area for 200 years—and began shooting people attending the Wednesday night Bible study.

The shooter killed nine people, including the church’s pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney. At a news conference Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said, “People in prayer Wednesday evening. A ritual, a coming together, praying, worshiping God. An awful person to come in and shoot them is inexplicable.” Police have released images of the suspect and are investigating the shooting as a hate crime.

Updated at noon:

The Associated Press reports that police have captured the man suspected of killing nine people inside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last night. Police arrested 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof in Shelby, North Carolina.

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