Charleston Church shooting latest update: killer caught, America sees surge in hate crimes
FBI has reportedly joined the investigation into the killing of nine people in Charleston, South Carolina. The dead include the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, the church’s pastor and a member of the state Senate.
After many hours of the insane killing at the historic nineteenth century church, the lone white gunman was still at large. Police officials and the mayor of the city have termed the killing as hate crime.
Huge search operation has been launched in the city and its suburbs and officials have deployed dogs to assist them in the search of the white killer who was said to be in his early 20s. The killer who came with one aim of killing as many people as possible allegedly walked back after accomplishing his task. He is said to be wearing sweatshirt, jeans and long boots and is said to have sandy hair.
The Charleston mayor expressed shock at the incident and called it a hate crime. Mayor Joe Riley called the shooting “an unspeakable and heartbreaking tragedy”. “To have an awful person come in and shoot them is inexplicable, obviously the most intolerable and unbelievable act possible,” Charleston Mayor told reporters. “The only reason someone could walk into a church to shoot people praying is out of hate.â€
While talking about the incident Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen said that the gunfire erupted inside Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston on Wednesday night,.
The hate crime is not the new to the city. In April this year, a white police officer shot an unarmed black man in North Charleston. The officer has been charged with murder in that case, one of a number of deaths of unarmed black men in encounters with police that have raised racial tensions in the United States.
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