Originally published on NPR on June 18, 2015 by Christopher Dean Hopkins.
A shooting at a Charleston, S.C., church late Wednesday killed nine people, officials reported at a press conference.Police say they are searching for one suspect, described as a slim white man approximately 21 years old. The FBI is aiding in the investigation.Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen said eight people were found dead at the scene and a ninth died at the Medical University of South Carolina."It is senseless, it is unfathomable, that in today's society somebody would walk into a church, into a prayer meeting, and take lives," said Mullen, who added that he believes the attack was a hate crime.State House Minority leader Todd Rutherford told The Associated Press that the church's pastor, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, was among those killed. Pinckney 41, was a married father of two who was elected to the state house at age 23, making him the youngest member of the House at the time.
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