Breaking: Mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston SC

Mass shooting SCReuters: A gunman opened fire on Wednesday evening at a historic African-American church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, and was still at large, a police official said, following a media report that as many as eight people may have been shot.

Police described the suspect as a 21-year-old white man in a sweatshirt or hoodie and jeans, according to Charleston newspaper The Post and Courier. It cited unconfirmed reports that as many as eight people may have been hit by gunfire.

Charleston Police Department spokesman Charles Francis said the shooting occurred at the Emanuel AME Church around 9 p.m. local time.

He said police were still searching for a suspect, and he had no information on victims. Further details were not immediately available.

North Carolina television station WGHP, a Fox affiliate, reported on its website that some of the victims may have died.

Local broadcaster WCSC reported that the FBI was on the scene. The FBI could not be immediately reached to comment.

The website for the church said it has one of the largest and oldest black congregations in the region.

The church was built in 1891 and is considered a historically significant building, according to the National Park Service.


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130 Responses to Breaking: Mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston SC

  1. Ametia says:

    President Obama is speaking now!

  2. Ametia says:

    New thread is up Keep commenting folks!

  3. Liza says:

    South Carolina church shooting suspect got gun for birthday, uncle says
    Reuters By Emily Flitter

    (Reuters) – Dylann Roof, the man suspected of fatally shooting nine people at a historic African American church in South Carolina on Wednesday, was given a gun by his father as a 21st birthday present in April, his uncle told Reuters on Thursday.

    Law enforcement officers were at the home of Roof’s mother on Thursday morning, the uncle, Carson Cowles, said in a telephone interview.

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation identified the gunman as Roof on Thursday.

    Cowles said he recognized Roof in a photo released by police, and described him as quiet and soft-spoken. Roof’s father gave him a .45-caliber pistol for his birthday this year, Cowles said.

    “Nobody in my family had seen anything like this coming,” Cowles said. “I said, if it is him, and when they catch him, he’s got to pay for this.”

    He said he had told his sister, Roof’s mother, several years ago that Roof was too introverted.

    “I said he was like 19 years old, he still didn’t have a job, a driver’s license or anything like that and he just stayed in his room a lot of the time,” Cowles said.

    • Ametia says:

      no one gives a flying fuck about Roof’s life. He murdered 9 people, assassinated a State Senator. MAY HE FRY IN HELL FOREVER.

      • Liza says:

        This is part of the drill. The family says how they never saw this coming, he was so quiet, blah blah blah. But what is that stuff on his jacket? What about that license plate? They didn’t see the f***ing red flag as big as a Buick and the father bought him a gun just two months ago? Or, the white supremacy is in the family and they think it’s perfectly normal.

      • eliihass says:

        “..quiet and soft-spoken; too introverted; stayed in his room a lot of the time…”

        Given gun by his father as a 21st birthday present in April.

    • Ametia says:

      But they didn’t see it coming. Sanford says Dylann Roof’s an outlier.
      GTFOH It’s the culture of the southern racists

    • Ametia says:

      it’s a fucking ASSASINATION!

      • eliihass says:

        It annoys me sometimes some of the blanched rhetoric she employs. I get trying to tamp down emotions and situations, but when even old white Mayor Joe Riley is full of deep emotion and outrightly calling it as it is all night and this morning, we need much more than the generic, let’s not offend the racists statement from the AG.

        Nine innocent souls were murdered in cold blood in the CHURCH during BIBLE STUDY, this calls for more than routine.

        Or do we reserve the tears and deep emotion for those whose skin color makes them more valuable in life and in death.

  4. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Dylann Roof was found and arrested in Shelby, North Carolina according to ABC news.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971

    1) “He was quiet and soft spoken”
    2) “But he had Black friends on FB!”
    3) “We don’t know what demons he was wrestling with.”

  6. What the ever living fuck?

    Chris Cuomo

  7. Ametia says:

    Charleston church shooting suspect Dylann Roof is in custody in North Carolina, a senior law enforcement official tells CNN’s Deborah Feyerick.

    President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver a statement about the church shooting at 11:45 a.m. ET, the White House says.

    • Liza says:

      I’m actually glad he’s alive. He can rot in a federal Super Max prison for the next 70 years or until they execute him or until he hangs himself.

  8. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    According to CNN Dylan Roof now in custody.

    • eliihass says:

      “…Since 9/11, our country has been fixated on the threat of Jihadi terrorism. But the horrific tragedy at the Emmanuel AME reminds us that the threat of homegrown domestic terrorism is very real…”

  9. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    The White House ‏@WhiteHouse 3m3 minutes ago
    At 11:45am ET, President Obama will deliver a statement from the Briefing Room on the shooting in South Carolina

  10. rikyrah says:

    I think this hits home for so many reasons that are obvious. But, bottom line, this could have been our mother, our Grandmother, our Uncles, Grandfathers, Daddys. How many of us have dropped off family members or friends at Bible Study, told them, ‘I have to run an errand, but I’ll be back to get you.’ How many of us would think twice if Mama or Grandma told you, ‘ Oh, I’ll just take the baby with me to Bible Study’. It would never occur to us that this would happen. Not only that, but not one of us is surprised that they welcomed this young man into Bible Study with them, because we know that’s what they would do.

    I just can’t with the phuckery today. I have no patience for it.

    • Ametia says:

      I had a heartbreaking call from my sisters who lives in NC & Georgia. They are churchgoers, and naturally they are over the top frighten by this massacre. We all are.

  11. rikyrah says:

    found this comment at TOD:

    June 18, 2015 at 2:30 am
    Think Obama administration, the creame de la creame of any management system. So here’s what’s likely happening. The President was notified shortly after the police learned one of the dead was a state senator. The state senator’s murder is considered an assassination. DHS Secretary and AG Lynch were also notified, prior to PBO. They have all had at least one conference call. FBI and DHS folks are on the ground. You can also expect the NSA is involved, which means they know who he is and probably his general location. They know about his family and friend connections, his criminal record, his mental health and school history and work history. They have also identified any others who may have helped facilitate his act of terrorism. THey have tracked his movement sover the last 72 hours. Those who have learned PBO know that he always works with his cards close to the vest until he has sufficient information to act or speak. I imagine his speech writers are working right now to prepare his statement as well as one for AG Lynch. I trust PBO in all things and under all circumstances.

  12. I’m so grieved. Those poor victims. Their poor families. How long, Lord?! *weeps*

  13. rikyrah says:

    Sean McElwee @SeanMcElwee

    White hate groups have increased dramatically over the last decade and a half. #AMESshooting …

    • rikyrah says:

      unpforgettable pfire @firefire100

      #BlackExcellence RT @TheRoot: Slain Mother Emanuel AME pastor was an ‘all-around good guy’ #CharlestonShooting

  14. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    In 1999, Ebony Magazine named Rev. Pinckney as one of the African American community’s 30 leaders of the future.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Tiff B., Esq. @BlackElleWoods

    STILL. RT @Bipartisanism: “I’m not afraid of Al-Qaeda, I’m afraid of Al-Cracka” #CharlestonShooting

  16. rikyrah says:

    Tara Dowdell @MsTaraDowdell

    Killer in #Charleston’s motive was “You people rape our women and are taking over” let’s not pretend that is not a RW hate radio narrative

  17. rikyrah says:

    I’m Black @Awkward_Duck

    Today is block w/out hesitation day. Not teaching you. Not entertaining ‘devil’s advocate’ foolery. Not engaging in ‘not all white people’

  18. rikyrah says:

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971

    And a bunch of assholes in the media owe Janet Napolitano and DHS a huge apology.

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971

    NOPE. It’s time for White folks to fix that shit…not Obama’s or any other Black persons job.

  19. eliihass says:

    This is the result of the persistent and baseless hate and resentment that has been whipped up these past 7 years by evil Republicans and their ilk – and only because a black family legitimately made it to the White House.

    The mindset and words of this young murderer has become all too familiar refrain from the previously entitled terrified of the changing landscape and afraid their place at the top is threatened.

    We read it in comments posted all over the internet. We hear it on talk radio. We read it in newspapers.

    The blood of these innocents are on the hands of those who’ve helped foment this mindset and negative situation.

  20. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Rikyrah, Ametia, SG2,

    If a national link is set up for locations across the country for VIGILS for members of the prayer group who were massacred, would you please post it here to inform all of us?

  21. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “South Carolina is home to 19 known hate groups — including two factions of the Ku Klux Klan and four “white nationalist” organizations, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.”

    I think that LE should consider the possibility that this evil terrorist belongs to one of these groups.

    As LE searches for him, they should consider that one of these groups might be hiding him and his car.

  22. rikyrah says:

    STEVE HUFF @SteveHuff

    Fellow white folk: do not allow anyone to equivocate on Charleston. A white man shooting up a historic black church in prayer is terrorism.

  23. rikyrah says:

    gotta keep on saying it – twitter truth

    • eliihass says:

      Lots of people know who this murderer is. He is recognizable enough from the footage. The hair might be a wig, but he is still very recognizable.

  24. Ametia says:

    Cameras reveal he is white, but the terrorized congregation who experienced this heinous HATE CRIME/MASACRE saw it all.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Massacre in South Carolina church leaves nine dead
    06/18/15 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    There’s heartbreaking news this morning out of South Carolina, where a mass shooting has left nine dead in at Charleston’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church. MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlin reported from the scene:

    A gunman shot to death nine church members who had gathered for Bible study and prayer Wednesday night at one of the nation’s oldest black churches. Among the dead was beloved pastor Clementa Pinckney, a longtime state senator who spent the earlier part of the day campaigning in the city with Hillary Clinton.

    The suspected gunman has not been identified by name, but surveillance footage released to the media point to as a 5’9” white male, early- to mid-20s, with sandy blond hair. He remains at large.

    Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen told reporters this morning that he believes this was a hate crime, adding, “This is a tragedy that no community should have to experience. It is senseless. It is unfathomable that somebody in today’s society would walk into a church, when people are having a prayer meeting, and take their lives.”

    The full list of victims and their ages has not yet been released, though police said three males and six females were murdered.

    Though NBC News has not yet confirmed this detail, the local Post and Courier reported this morning, “Mullen confirmed that the shooter was in the church for almost an hour attending the prayer meeting with the group before shooting.”

  26. Ametia says:

    OMG. I’m out of pocket for a hot minute, and this is what happens!

    We can’t worship GOD in our churches without being TERRORIZED and MURDERED.

    The fact that this white man was accepted into the church and sit in prayer illustrates this congregation was practicing what they preached, and this thugging murdered slid in and KILLED.

    EVIL. There is EVIL in AMERICA, and she/he is DRESSED UP IN WHITE SKIN.

    • Ametia says:

      This evilness is still AT LARGE & the media reporting?

      LAME! He assassinated a state SENATOR.

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        Why can’t the media realize and state the impact this evil act is having on the Black community all across the country?!

  27. rikyrah says:

    For Charleston’s Emanuel A.M.E. Church, shooting is another painful chapter in long history
    By Sarah Kaplan June 18 at 5:03 AM

    When a gunman opened fire on Charleston’s Emanuel A.M.E. Church Wednesday, spraying bullets into a group of worshippers gathered for a mid-week prayer meeting, it was as though history repeated itself.

    This historic congregation, the oldest of its kind in the South, had already seen more than its fair share of tumult and hate. It was founded by worshippers fleeing racism and burned to the ground for its connection with a thwarted slave revolt. For years its meetings were conducted in secret to evade laws that banned all-black services. It was jolted by an earthquake in 1886. Civil rights luminaries spoke from its pulpit and lead marches from its steps. For nearly two hundred years it had been the site of struggle, resistance and change.

    On Wednesday, the church was a crime scene — the street outside aglow with the flashing red lights of police cars and echoing with the screech of sirens. Nine people had been killed there, reportedly including the church’s pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, though police had not confirmed his death.

    “I do believe this was a hate crime,” Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen said at a press conference early Thursday morning.

    To those watching in Charleston and from afar, it was devastating.

    “It’s not just a church. It’s also a symbol … of black freedom,” said Robert Greene, who studies the 20th century South at the University of South Carolina. “That’s why so many folks are so upset tonight, because it’s a church that represents so much about the rich history and tradition of African Americans in Charleston.”

    In Charleston, the church is affectionately known as “Mother Emanuel,” a nod to its age and its eminence in the community. It is a place people take pride in, said Rev. Stephen Singleton, who was pastor there from 2006 to 2010 — all soaring ceilings and fine pinewood floors, with an antique pipe organ that had been shipped from Europe more than a century ago.

    “They’re just God-fearing people,” Singleton said of his former congregation. “People who lived in modesty in light of the history of the congregation they called home.”

    That history is a long and storied one. The congregation was founded in the era of slavery by Morris Brown, a founding pastor of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1816, frustrated with the racism he encountered in Charleston’s segregated churches, Brown decided to form a Church of his own. About 4,000 parishioners followed him — more than 75 percent of city’s black community, according to a history published by the College of Charleston.

    From the beginning, the congregation was a focal point of community organizing and anti-slavery activism — provoking fears and intense distrust among the city’s white population. According to a PBS documentary, white Charlestonians constantly monitored the church, sometimes disrupting services and arresting worshipers.

    • Ametia says:


      Where are the SWAT teams, dogs, tear gas, water hoses. JUST DEVASTATINGLY AWFUL & EVIL.

      Prayers to the congregations and families. Lord have MERCY.

  28. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    My heart and whole being is with the families and loved ones of those beautiful church people whose lives were horrifically taken by a heinous, racist terrorist.

    • eliihass says:

      The car looks like a Saturn or Buick to me. Where are the experts who can immediately peg the make and age of a car by the shape of its headlamps and the factory tires it came with – which is obviously what this car has.

  29. rikyrah says:


  30. Those poor families in Charleston SC, Lord! So much pain. #fixitJesus


    • eliihass says:

      They’ll tag him mentally ill; But a vile, hate-filled, callous, arrogant racist is what he actually is.

      This will be the beginning of the end of this madness. We shall not take this any longer. Enough is enough.

    • eliihass says:

      A child went to Bible study with grandma. That should have been the safest place in the world, but today it has become the most traumatizing.

    • Liza says:

      The white supremacist terrorist intended to assassinate Rev. Pinckey, a state legislator, in my opinion. He killed the others to make it a massacre.

  32. The FBI is investigating this as a hate crime.

  33. BREAKING..

  34. CharlestonShooting Suspect:
    White Male in his 20’s
    Slender/Small Build
    Grey Hoodie & Jeans
    Clean shaven

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