Several people were killed and injured in a shooting that took place this evening in Charleston, South Carolina, at an historic African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Reports say that a white male in his 20s entered Emanuel AME Church this evening during a prayer meeting and opened fire, then fled. The latest update confirms 9 deaths and one injury. Among the dead is state senator Clementa Pinckney, who was pastor of the church reports WCBD.
The Charleston Police Chief, Gregory Mullen, has spoken out. “This is a tragedy that no community should have to experience. It is senseless. It is unfathomable that someone would walk into a church when people are having a prayer meeting and take their lives.” Police Chief Mullen has also said he does believe this was a hate crime.
The mayor of Charleston has also commented on the horrific incident in a press conference. “This is inexplicable. It is the most intolerable and unbelievable act possible… The only reason someone could walk into church and shoot people praying is out of hate.”
The shooting is reported to have taken place around 9pm ET. The police have released a description of the shooter: The suspect is a clean-shaven white male about 21-years-old with sandy blond hair, and is wearing a gray sweatshirt or hoodie, blue jeans and Timberland boots…
The suspect is currently still at large.
Pray for Charleston. Pray for this church. Pray for the families. Somehow, believe that God is still in control.