Reuters, By Harriet McLeod, July 18
Charleston, SC – Police in Charleston, South Carolina, were searching on Thursday for a white gunman who killed nine people in a historic African-American church including the pastor, a black state senator, in an attack the U.S. Department of Justice called a hate crime.
The shooter, a 21-year-old white man with sandy blond hair, sat with churchgoers inside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church for about an hour on Wednesday before opening fire, Police Chief Gregory Mullen said.
The U.S. Department of Justice opened a hate crime investigation into the shooting, which follows a string of racially charged killings that have prompted waves of protest across the United States over the past year and sparked the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
Charleston Shooting: Police Release Photos of Suspected Gunman [Auto-start video coverage from this morning]
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BREAKING: Uncle of suspected church shooter Dylann Roof says his nephew is “quiet, soft spoken.”
BREAKING: Uncle says gun given as present to suspected church shooter was a .45 caliber pistol.
BREAKING: Uncle of suspected South Carolina church shooter says he recognized his nephew in photo released by police.
BREAKING: Suspected South Carolina church shooter received a gun as a birthday present in April: uncle tells Reuters.
BREAKING: U.S. law enforcement at the home of Dylann Roof’s mother: uncle tells Reuters.
BREAKING: Suspected gunman in #CharlestonShooting caught in Shelby: Charlotte, NC TV station
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