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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.
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