Assassination Nine killed in South Carolina 'hate crime' shooting

Police say a white gunman killed at least nine people at historic African-American church in city of Charleston.

  • Published:
Nine killed in South Carolina 'hate crime' shooting play

Nine killed in South Carolina 'hate crime' shooting

24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

An unknown gunman has killed at least nine people at a historic African-American church in the US city of Charleston, in what police called a hate crime.

Several people were reported to have also been injured in the shooting on Wednesday evening, and police said the suspect remained at large.

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley called the shooting "an unspeakable and heartbreaking tragedy".

The suspect was described as a 21-year-old white man wearing a sweatshirt, jeans and boots, Charleston police said in a message on Twitter.

"I do believe that this is a hate crime," Gregory Mullen, police chief of Charleston, told reporters. 

Charleston Police Department spokesman Charles Francis said the shooting occurred at the Emanuel AME Church around 01:00 GMT. He had no information on victims.

The church pastor Clementa Pinckney, who is also a state senator, reportedly was among the dead. Officials did not immediately release the names or any details of the victims.

Earlier on Wednesday, Pinckney met with former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who visited South Carolina as part of her presidential campaign.  

A bomb threat was later reported near the scene of the church shooting, Charleston County Sheriff's Office spokesman Eric Watson said.

People who were gathered in the area were told by police to move back.

A police chaplain was present at the scene of the shooting, and a helicopter with a searchlight hovered overhead as officers combed through the area.

A group of several men stood in a circle in front of a hotel near the church. "We pray for the families, they've got a long road ahead of them," Reverend James Johnson, a local civil rights activist, said during the impromptu prayer service.

The website for the church said it has one of the largest and oldest African-American congregations in the region. It was built in 1891 and is considered a historically significant building, according to the National Park Service.

Following the incident, US presidential candidate Jeb Bush cancelled his visit to Charleston later on Thursday.

Download our mobile app today.

Android - Google Play Store

iPhone - Apple App Store

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos





Top Articles

1 Francisca Oteng-Mensah 24 year old MP complains about unbearable...bullet
2 Asantehemaa's Death Funeral of Asantehemaa underway [Photos]bullet
3 Corruption I'll make sure Opuni goes to jail - Kennedy Agyapongbullet
4 Christmas Hamper Nana Addo rejects $500,000 from corporate...bullet
5 Manhyia Palace One shot, several collapse at Asantehemaa’s funeralbullet
6 Asantehemaa’s Funeral Nana Afia Kobi to be buried with gold...bullet
7 Gambia Crisis Twitter explodes with rage over Hanna Tetteh's...bullet
8 Asantehemaa's Funeral Mahama, MPs mourn Asantehemaa [Photos]bullet
9 Asantehemaa's Death I'm homeless; Otumfuo Osei Tutu II...bullet
10 Gambia Crisis Ghana deploys military to Gambiabullet

Top Videos

1 In Zimbabwe President Mugabe’s 70 year-old aide marries his 23-year-old...bullet
2 Refugee Ghanaian to lose fingers after 7-hour trek to cross US borderbullet
3 Vitiligo Enam Honya - is challenging what you think about beautybullet
4 Obinim What happen'd when we fact checked Obinim's Bible knowledgebullet
5 Video Taxi driver terrified after an encounter with a ghostbullet
6 Obinim saga We had sex only once - Obinim victims confessbullet
7 Woyome Judgement Debt Kweku Baako dances over Amidu's winbullet
8 Watch Kumchacha delivers Counselor Lutterodt from 'demons'bullet
9 Bishop Obinim Saga Teenagers disciplined by Obinim speak outbullet
10 Kwame Nkrumah Interchange Water leaks from hole in...bullet

News