Charleston church shooting suspect arrested: White supremacist on the loose
Charleston SC: In a gruesome incident that looks like a hate crime, nine people were killed by a white gunman in the city of Charleston in South Carolina. Police officials claim that the shooter is at large and a widespread search operation has been launched to nab him.
Reports suggest that the white male gunman who looked in his early 20s opened fire at the historic African-American church. The macabre killing seems to be well planned and there didnâ€™t seem to be nay provocation of any sort in the incident.
The Wednesday evening shooting in the Charleston city has caused grief across the city. 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€
In the meantime police officials have claimed that this was a hate crime. “I do believe that this is a hate crime,” Gregory Mullen, police chief of Charleston, told reporters. While releasing details about the incident last evening, Charleston Police Department spokesman Charles Francis said the shooting occurred at the Emanuel AME Church around 01:00 GMT. He had no information on victims.
The killer seems to have done the homework before committing the crime. The Charleston church is one of the largest and oldest black congregations in the South, its website says. It has its roots in the early 19th century, and the current building, completed in 1891, is considered a historically significant building, according to the U.S. National Park Service.
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