CHARLESTON, SC – Nine people were killed Wednesday night when a shooter opened fire at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston during a prayer meeting.
Coroner Rae Wooten identified the victims as Myra Thompson, 59, Susie Jackson, 87, Reverend Sharonda Singleton, 45, DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49, Reverend Daniel Simmons Sr., 74, Tywanza Sanders, 26, Cynthia Hurd, 54, Ethel Lance, 70, and South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney, 41.
Authorities say, just after 9 p.m Wednesday night, 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof allegedly killed nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in downtown Charleston.
According to witnesses, the suspect stood up and said he was there “to shoot black people.” A survivor told other media outlets that the shooter said, “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”