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Thursday, June 18, 2015

BREAKING: Shooting at Historical African Methodist Church in South Carolina, White Suspect at Large

Photo Credit - Fox 8 Charleston, South Carolina
Scene on street outside a historical AME Affiliated Church after up to 8 individuals have
been reported shot and multiple fatalities reported.


UPDATE: The Rev. of this church, Rev & South Carolina State Senator Camenta Pinkney has been CONFIRMED by Rev. Al Sharpton to be dead along with 8 other individuals, per MSNBC. . The suspect is still on the loose. The bomb threat is still unsubstantiated. 

Gregory Mullen, the Charleston, South Carolina Police Chief at a 12:57 pm ET Press Conference has described this incident as a Hate Crime. 

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A gunman has opened fire on Wednesday evening at a historic African-American church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, and is still at large. Reuters reported as many as eight people may have been shot along with multiple fatalities inside the church.

CNN International at Midnight has cited that several individuals are deceased inside the church, and there is a unspecified bomb threat in the local area surrounding the church.


Police described the suspect as a 21-year-old white man in a sweatshirt or hoodie and jeans, according to a Charleston local newspaper resource. 

Charleston Police Department spokesman Charles Francis said the shooting occurred at the Emanuel African Methodist Church around 9 p.m. local time.

At the time of this report, local Charleston law enforcement officials are still searching for a suspect. Local Fox Affiliate Channel 8 reported that the FBI is on the scene. The FBI could not be immediately reached to comment.
Heavily-armed police have surrounded the area around as they search for the suspect. The FBI, State Law Enforcement Division, the coroner's office and multiple police agencies are on the scene.


Photo Credit - IUNewsTalk
Members of the Charleston, South Carolina community gather in prayer
outside a historical AME Affiliated Church after up to 8 individuals have
been reported shot and multiple fatalities reported. 
Local Charleston ABC Channel 4 Affiliate reported at 11:25 p.m. police pushed reporters back because of an "immediate threat." Officers said they are investigating a possible bomb threat.
Members of the Emanuel AME Church are praying in a parking lot near the scene of the shooting. The church is the oldest AME Church in the south. 

The church was built in 1891 and is considered a historically significant building, according to the National Park Service.



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