Nine dead in shooting that targeted members of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston
Nine people are reported killed in a shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., which took place Wednesday night. The victims of the shooting were members of a Bible study group and the pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was also a Democratic State Senator.
Charleston's police chief has called the mass shooting a hate crime, and the perpetrator, reportedly a young white man, is still at large.
Emanuel AME is the oldest AME church in the South and has a distinguished abolitionist and civil rights history.
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) June 18, 2015
Coretta Scott King leading a march in 1969. The starting point was Emanuel AME Church, attacked by terrorist tonight. pic.twitter.com/HSRGwHWFKY
— BrownBlaze (@brownblaze) June 18, 2015
Rev. Pinckney, the pastor of Emmanuel AME, was the co-sponsor of new police body camera legislation in South Carolina pic.twitter.com/ab8q7jCkRl
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 18, 2015
9 ppl killed in an act of domestic terror, including the assassination of a state official. It's time @POTUS address white violence directly
— Albert L. Butler (@ALBDamn) June 18, 2015