Nine killed at historic African-American church in Charleston, SC, in apparent hate crime
- A young white man around the age of 21 walked into the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church during Wednesday evening prayer activities and opened fire; he remains at large.
- Built in 1891, the church is one of the oldest historically black churches in the U.S., where South Carolina state senator Clementa C. Pickney, among the murdered, was pastor.
- Eight died at the scene and another died en route to the hospital, with at least one other victim having been hospitalized.
“It is unfathomable that somebody in today’s society would walk into a church while they are having a prayer meeting and take their lives.”
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