Charleston, SC – What can only be described as a vicious and detestable hate crime was committed last night in Charleston, South Carolina at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church resulting in the murder of 9 innocent people, six women and three men.
One of the victims, Clementa Pinckney, 41 was the church’s pastor and was reportedly involved in his community.
According to initial reports, the suspect identified as Dylann Roof, 21, of Lexington, South Carolina, was still at large on Thursday as law enforcement officers searched the region.
According to officers the suspect entered the church on Wednesday evening during a prayer meeting. He reportedly stayed on the premises for one one hour praying with his victims before he stood up and stated he was there to kill black people.
After shooting his victims, he reportedly told one woman that he was sparing her so she could tell everyone what he had done. Three people reportedly survived the violent assault.
As of Thursday morning, the police released information about the suspect and the vehicle he was driving.
The man suspected of killing nine people Wednesday night at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, was arrested Thursday morning about three hours away near Shelby, North Carolina, law enforcement authorities said.
We are praying for the victims and the families of this senseless tragedy.