people died in an “unfathomable” act of violence at a
historic predominantly black Charleston, South Carolina, church
Wednesday evening when a gunman opened fire during a prayer service
in what police describe as a “hate crime.”
police Chief Greg Mullen said eight people were found dead inside the
church after the shooting unfolded at the Emanuel AME Church around 9
p.m. Two other people were rushed to the hospital, where one died,
making it the deadliest mass shooting in the United States since 12
people were killed inside the Washington Navy Yard in September 2013.
alleged gunman, identified as Dylann Roof, 21, was arrested today in
North Carolina at a traffic stop.
Rev. Clementa Pinckney, church pastor and a South Carolina state
senator, was among the dead. Five other victims were identified as
Rev. Sharonda Singleton, Ethel Lee Lance, Myra Thompson, Cynthia Hurd
and recent college graduate Tywanza Sanders.
is senseless,” Mullen said at a news conference Wednesday
evening. “It is unfathomable that somebody would walk into a
church when people are having a prayer meeting and take their lives.”
U.S. Department of Justice has launched a hate crime investigation.