#CharlestonShooting: Nine Killed in South Carolina Church Shooting

#CharlestonShooting: Nine Killed in South Carolina Church Shooting

#CharlestonShooting: Nine Killed in South Carolina Church Shooting

Late Wednesday night a white man described as being clean-shaven, in his early twenties, with sandy blonde hair and a slender build entered into a historic African-American church in Charleston, S.C., and opened fire, killing nine people, in what authorities are calling a hate crime.

Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen called the crime a tragedy, and said that the gunman should be considered incredibly dangerous.

“This is a tragedy that no community should have to experience,” Mullen said. “It is senseless and unfathomable in today’s society that someone would walk into a church during a prayer meeting and take their lives.”

Mullen said that the police thought they had tracked the suspect with a police dog, but he got away, and is still at large. He added that there would be a reward for information leading to the shooter’s arrest, and that the FBI would aid in the investigation.

Police and emergency personnel respond to shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Police and emergency personnel respond to shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church

The investigation was complicated when a bomb threat was called in, and the authorities were forced to close a large section of the street where the shooting occurred, pushing the media back a safe distance.

Authorities and the community are outraged and calling the shootings a hate crime.

“The only reason that someone could walk into a church and shoot people praying is out of hate,” said Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley. “It is the most dastardly act that one could possibly imagine, and we will bring that person to justice… This is one hateful person.”

Soon after the shooting a group of pastors and community members huddled together praying in a circle across the street. The president of the Charleston NAACP, Dot Scott, said that she had spoken with a female survivor who said the gunman walked into the church and briefly sat down before standing up and opening fire. Scott said the gunman told the woman that he was letting her live so she could tell others what had happened.

“There is no greater coward that a criminal who enters a house of God and slaughters innocent people engaged in the study of scripture,” NAACP President and CEO Cornell Brooks said in a statement early Thursday. “Today I mourn as an AME minister, as a student and teacher of scripture, as well as a member of the NAACP.”

Pastor and S.C. State Senator Clementa Pinckney
Pastor and S.C. State Senator Clementa Pinckney
Among those dead was the church’s minister and South Carolina state senator Clementa Pinckney, 41, who had been a pastor since he was 18. Pinckney was the youngest African-American elected to the South Carolina legislature when he took office at age 23, and had been a state senator since 2000.

The church is a historic African-American church that traces its founding to 1816 when several churches split from Charleston’s Methodist Episcopal Church. Denmark Vesey, one of its founders, attempted to organize a slave revolt in 1822, but was caught, and white landowners burned the church in revenge. Parishioners worshiped secretly until after the Civil War.

Anyone with any information on the gunman’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Charleston Police Dispatch at (843)743-7200.

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  • Appalled By The World says:

    Absolutely awful. Hopefully the bastard who did this gets caught quickly. Also hoping the Left and its media enablers don’t make a circus out of this so that the victims end up being the least important part of this terrible story-but I don’t hold out hope for that in these insane times. There’s too much to exploit here to let this tragedy go to waste by the usual suspects.

  • Robin H says:

    Its already a circus, Sharpton is on his way down there. You really didnt think he’s miss this, did you?

    • Appalled By The World says:

      Ugh. I already figured the circus was on when I turned the news on this morning and saw how it was being covered, Sharpton or no Sharpton.

  • Xavier says:

    This is why you should carry in church. Discreetly, of course.

    • Jodi says:

      This ^^^

      And Sharpton is on his way to take advantage.

      Thoughts and prayers going out. This is just horrific. ;(

      • Appalled By The World says:

        Equally horrific is the fact that Sharpton is going down there to milk this atrocity for all he can. Now we can expect weeks of this story being distorted to serve the needs of the usual suspects.

        • Jodi Giddings says:

          Do you think that maybe…just maybe…the inflammatory Kill Whitey rhetoric is a wee bit unhelpful at best, and inciteful to nut jobs like this at worst?

          • Appalled By The World says:

            Nah, not at all. The true cause (as Leftists see it) is that he had too much white privilege, checked out too many “far right” websites and had too easy a time in getting a gun.

            Time now to head to Charleston and “protest” on behalf of this wonderful kid who was turning his life around and was an aspiring brain surgeon/rocket scientist who didn’t do anything. Care to join me in the throwing of some Molotov cocktails to protest the injustice of his arrest?

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