Shooting kills 9 at Charleston, SC historic black church
A white man opened fire during a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston on Wednesday night, killing nine people, including the pastor, in an assault that authorities described as a hate crime. The shooter remained at large Thursday morning.
Police Chief Greg Mullen said he believed the attack at the Emanuel AME Church was a hate crime, and police were looking for a white male in his early 20s. Mullen said the scene was chaotic when police arrived, and the officers thought they had the suspect tracked with a police dog, but he got away.
“We will put all effort, we will put all resources and we will put all of our energy into finding this individual who committed this crime tonight,” he said.
The FBI will aid the investigation, Mullen told a news conference that was attended by FBI Special Agent in Charge David A. Thomas.
Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley called the shooting “the most unspeakable and heartbreaking tragedy.”
“The only reason that someone could walk into a church and shoot people praying is out of hate,” Riley said. “It is the most dastardly act that one could possibly imagine, and we will bring that person to justice. … This is one hateful person.”
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.
“He never had anything bad to say about anybody, even when I thought he should,” Rutherford, D-Columbia, said. “He was always out doing work either for his parishioners or his constituents. He touched everybody.”
The attack came two months after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man, Walter Scott, by a white police officer in neighboring North Charleston that sparked major protests and highlighted racial tensions in the area. The officer has been charged with murder, and the shooting prompted South Carolina lawmakers to push through a bill helping all police agencies in the state get body cameras. Pinckney was a sponsor of that bill.
In a statement, Gov. Nikki Haley asked South Carolinians to pray for the victims and their families and decried violence at religious institutions … click here for more details!
Rachel Dolezal Who’s Your Daddy? Maury Will Tell You!!!
Rachel Dolezal now has someone who can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt the people claiming to be her parents are not … and Maury is the man!
“Maury” executive producer Paul Faulhaber tells TMZ, his team is now actively trying to book Rachel and her alleged parents … click here for more details!
Disabled Detroit man dies from shot to the back of the head
Clarence Cody couldn’t walk. So why was this disabled man a target? He was shot in the back of the head while in his own driveway. Who would do such a thing?
A few years back, Cody was in an accident that left him disabled. Confined to a wheelchair, he could walk just enough to get to his favorite spot: a porch next door. Tuesday was just like any other day, until it wasn’t.
He was sitting in his lawn chair and had moved to get in some shade when someone shot him in the back of the head and ran off … click here for more details!
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Digital Producer of The Morning Heat and Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit
Keep up with the Morning Heat on Instagram and Twitter at @hiphopdetroit