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UPDATE: Mass shooting kills nine at African American church in Charleston, S.C.

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REV. CLEMENTA PINCKNEY: Among the victims of Wednesday's shooting in Charleston. - WCBD / TWITTER
  • WCBD / TWITTER
  • REV. CLEMENTA PINCKNEY: Among the victims of Wednesday's shooting in Charleston.

Nine people are dead and others injured
after a gunman opened fire at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina at around 9 p.m. Eastern Time.

Emanuel A.M.E. is one of the oldest black churches in the nation. The shooter was a white man in his early 20s, police said, and chief Greg Mullen said he believes the shooting was a hate crime. He also said there's no sign that there were additional gunmen.

A Charleston NBC affiliate reports that the victims include Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a South Carolina state senator and the pastor of Emanuel A.M.E.

As of the time this post was published, police were still searching for the shooter.

UPDATE, June 18 9:15 a.m.: Police have identified the shooter as a 21-year-old Columbia, S.C. man named Dylann Storm Roof. He's still at large. 

I recognize one of the flags sewn onto Roof's jacket. It's the apartheid-era banner flown by the racist South African regime pre-1994. Not sure about the other.

A reader with a better knowledge of history than me identifies the second emblem as the flag of Rhodesia, the once white-ruled southern African state which became present-day Zimbabwe in 1979.

UPDATE 10:55 a.m.: Roof has been captured in Shelby, N.C.

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