White Gunman Still On The Large After Charleston Shooting
A white man walked into a historic African-American church in Charleston and opened fire during a Bible study class, killing nine people Wednesday evening.
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.
Dylann Roof was captured shortly following a manhunt for the coward.
Via FOX Carolina:
An active manhunt was taking place in several locations in the Midlands and across the state before the discovery of the suspect.
Public records show Roof was most recently arrested in March in Lexington County on drug charges. According to a spokesman for the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, he was booked in the detention center on February 28 and again on April 26 after being arrested by the Columbia Police Department.
According to Lexington School District One, Roof attended White Knoll High School for at least part of his 9th grade year.
He also spent several others inside Richland School District One. “According to information provided by the Office of Research, Power School records indicate that Dylann attended Rosewood in the fifth grade, Hand in the 6th and 7th grades and Dreher from March 1 – May 29, 2010,” district spokeswoman Edith Caudle said.
The shooting, which law enforcement has classified as a hate crime, took place at Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston around 9:00 p.m.
Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen said officers arrived to find eight people dead inside the church. A ninth victim was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
According to officials, the shooting occurred during a prayer meeting at the church.
The shooter stayed at the church for about an hour before shooting six women and three men, including the church’s pastor state Sen. Clementa Pinckney.
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.