BREAKING: Suspect Caught in Charleston Shooting

South Carolina State Senator Pinckney

 

***UPDATED AT 11:25 A.M***

Officials confirm Dylann Roof, the suspect in the Charleston shooting, has been taken into custody in Shelby, North Carolina.

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***UPDATED AT 10:09 A.M***

According to Richland County Police Columbia, South Carolina the shooting suspect has been identified as Dylann Roof, 21 of Columbia.


 

Charleston Police confirm 9 people, including State Senator Clementa Pinckney, have died in a shooting at a church in Downtown Charleston. Shots rang out shortly after 9 a.m. at Emanuel AME Church.

Charleston Police Chief Mullen says the suspect is still on the loose. He is described as a white male, wearing a grey sweatshirt and boots.

Chief Mullen says this is being considered a hate crime.

Shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston
Shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston

Clementa Pickney was the pastor of the church, as well as the State Senator for District 45, which includes Allendale County.

Both Governor Nikki Haley and Senator Tim Scott have already released statements on shooting.

Gov. Haley – “Michael, Rena, Nalin and I are praying for the victims and families touched by tonight’s senseless tragedy at Emanuel AME Church. While we do not yet know all of the details, we do know that we’ll never understand what motivates anyone to enter one of our places of worship and take the life of another. Please join us in lifting up the victims and their families with our love and prayers.”

Senator Scott – “My heart is breaking for Charleston and South Carolina tonight. This senseless tragedy at a place of worship – where we come together to laugh, love and rejoice in God’s name – is absolutely despicable and can never be understood. Tonight we stand together in prayer for Pastor Pinckney and his congregation at Emanuel AME , and for the families who are enduring unimaginable pain at the loss of their loved ones. We will come together as a city and as a state to lift up those who need us most right now. I hope for their sake, and for the people of Charleston, that the perpetrators of this terrible crime are swiftly brought to justice.”

The Allendale County has also released a statement on the mass shooting and the death of State Senator Pinckney.
“The Allendale County Democratic Party mourns with the Family and Loved Ones of Senator Clementa Pinckney who was killed on Wednesday evening in a mass shooting at his church in downtown Charleston. Reverend Pinckney was leading a Bible study and prayer service at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church where he was senior pastor.  Reverend Pinckney’s sister was also among the dead.
Senator Pinckney represented the South Carolina Senate District # 45 since 2000 which includes the counties of Allendale, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper. Senator Pinckney visited Allendale County on many occasions and was committed to advancing Senate District 45 and for making Allendale County one of his top priorities.This horrible event that led to the Senator’s death is a devastating tragedy for all of Senate District # 45 and the state of South Carolina. The Senator’s untimely death will be a great loss for our region and indeed for the entire state.May we all continue to keep the Pinckney Family and the Mother Emanuel Church Family in our hearts and prayers.”

Stay tuned to WJBF Newschannel 6 and our sister station WCBD in Charleston for continuous update

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