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Senator Clementa Pinckney Killed In Charleston Church Shooting

At least 9 people are dead after a white gunman opened fire at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Among the dead is Senator Clementa Pinckney, 45, who was the Pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
FoxNews reports:

A South Carolina state senator was among those killed in Wednesday’s mass shooting at a black church in Charleston, S.C., a state legislative leader said early Thursday.

House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford told the Associated Press that Clementa Pinckney, 41, who also served as the pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, was one of nine people killed when a gunman opened fire during a prayer meeting.

“He never had anything bad to say about anybody, even when I thought he should,” Rutherford, D-Columbia, said of Pinckney. “He was always out doing work either for his parishioners or his constituents. He touched everybody.”

Police said they had not identified any of the victims and were investigating the shooting as a possible hate crime. The gunman, described as a white man in his early 20s, was still at large early Thursday.

The Post and Courier newspaper reported that Pinckney had attended a legislative session earlier in the day at the state capital in Columbia.

However, The State newspaper reported that Pinckney had returned to Charleston to attend a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton before going to the church.

R.I.P. to the Senator and all the others who lost their lives during this disgusting hate crime.

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