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White Gunman Fatally Shoots 9 People at Historic African American Church in South Carolina

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A White male on Wednesday opened fire and killed 9 people who were at a prayer service at at a historic African American church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

Police authorities are calling the incident a “hate crime.” It is one of the most brutal attacks on a place of worship that America has ever experienced, Washington Post reports.

A manhunt is currently underway to find the culprit who is said to be, “a clean-shaven white male in his early 20s, who has sandy blond hair and a small build.” Authorities say he was wearing a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans and Timberland boots, and is believed to be the only shooter.

The shooting occurred at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, also known as Mother Emanuel church. It was established in 1816, and is one of the oldest African American churches in the United States.

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12 Comments

  1. chai

    June 18, 2015 at 9:56 am

    May their souls rest in peace. That wicked man will get what’s coming to him.

  2. Diddy

    June 18, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Another race hate crime,African Americans r no longer safe in the so called freest country in the world,and there is no immediate solution to this act,sometimes when u hear such story,one wonders if is a crime being a black person or a minority.i wish the dead RIP,

  3. hescoba

    June 18, 2015 at 10:17 am

    terrified with all dis shooting drama happening in united states,white-man killing blacks,is hate crime?hypocrisy at the highest level.may their soul rest in peace.

    • A Real Nigerian

      June 18, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Is it a love crime?

  4. cheryl

    June 18, 2015 at 11:16 am

    hmmm… AME ppl, na so, so bcos he is white, he is a white gun man, if it were a blck man, it will b a “black terrorist”, hypocrisy wii not kii u ppl, may d souls of d departed ones rest in peace… this racism and hate must b addressed fa

  5. charles

    June 18, 2015 at 11:41 am

    See them-Hate crime my foot! When dude is finally apprehended, it will be that he is mentally unstable. This crime is simply an atheist gunning down christians who were worshiping their God!

    • NaijaPikin

      June 18, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      By the description you just gave, “This crime is simply an atheist gunning down christians who were worshiping their God!” you confirmed it is indeed a hate crime. If you are not sure what a hate crime is, perhaps you should read up on it first,

    • Egbami

      June 18, 2015 at 7:32 pm

      Not it is racist gunning down black people. He wears the flag if apartheid South Africa and Rhodesia where the white christian minority governed the indigenous people. Those two place were built on fundamental christian ideology. Before you start attacking atheist your precious religion both Islam and Christianity support slavery and war. Atheist are not as violent as religious peoples.

    • Egbami

      June 18, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      No
      People
      Typo

    • Sekinat

      June 18, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      See you-Mentally unstable my foot! He didnt go into a church with whites and latinos. He went into an all black church. And killed them because they were black, not because they were Christians. It was a racist killing.

  6. werfamily90

    June 18, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    This is a shame. I hope they apprehend this person and bring him to justice.

  7. mabel

    June 19, 2015 at 10:21 am

    As usual same story. Anytime a white male behaves this way, then he must be sick. Jail straight where he will spend time and be treated at the same time. Why won’t they keep doing this? He is sick yet his father bought him a gun for his birthday. Every time the same sick sick sick story. What will they do to the father? Nothing ba?. Just a pity. #whiteys be claiming mental illness since God formed the earth.

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