- A gunman opened fire at worshippers during a prayer service at a historic Emanuel Church in downtown Charleston
- Wednesday night assault left nine people dead and others injured
- Church reports on the Shooting at 9:05 p.m to the police
- Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen said the police take the crime as hate crime
- Thursday, Police have widened manhunt of the gunman who remained at large
- At 6 a.m. ET, investigators releases an image of the suspect at a press conference
- Victims included the church’s Pastor, Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney who is 41 and democratic member of the State Senate
- U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, a Republican who represents South Carolina condemned the senseless killing
A shooting at the historic Emanuel Church in Charleston (African-American Church) downtown claimed the lives of nine worshippers and leaving others wounded.
The #CharlestonShooting occurred on Wednesday night during a prayer meeting at the church.
The gunman after committing the crime is believed to have left in a black four door sedan car. The investigators have released the image of the suspect characterized as “extremely dangerous.”
Thursday 18th June 2015, Police have widened the search of the gunman who is at large. According to Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen, police are treating the crime as a ‘hate crime; urging people with any slightest information that may bring help in arresting of the suspect to call the police. The police chief cautioned people to be vigilant and not to approach the suspect.
The suspect was described as slender, white male aged about 21 to 25 years, about 5ft 9in tall and with a bowl cut. The gunman was wearing a gray sweatshirt or hoodie, a jeans and timberland boots.
Among the shooting victims included the Church’s Pastor, Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney who is aged 41 years and a Democratic member of the State Senate.
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, a Republican who represents South Carolina condemned the senseless killing and called for a speedy investigation to bring the culprit to justice.