“I have to do it. You rape all women and you taking over our country and you have to go”.
Those were the words of the white suspect who went into the historical Emanuel AME Black Church approximately 9:00 PM and opened fire on unsuspecting church members during bible study.
He is currently free on bond and was arrested recently on drug and trespassing charges.
A pure act of hate is the only way such an act can be described as.The church is always considered a safe haven, the one place a person can go to seek refuge. Unfortunately last night it became the last place nine innocent people were seen alive.
“I do believe this was a hate crime” Police Chief Gregory Mullen told the press. Eight people died on the scene and one was pronounced dead at the hospital Mullin also said. The suspect is still at large and considered very dangerous.
— Kristin Kane (@KristinKaneNews) June 18, 2015
Authorities are searching for a white male, about 21-25 years old. Police revealed of the victims 6 of them were women, three were men. One of the victims was beloved pastor Clementa Pinckney, a long time Senator who started his day campaigning for Hillary Clinton in the city.
Heartbreaking news from Charleston – my thoughts and prayers are with you all. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 18, 2015
— Will Whitson WIS (@WillWhitsonWIS) June 18, 2015
Sylvia Johnson, cousin of Pinckney revealed disturbing details of the incident from a survivor of the massacre. “She said that he had reloaded five different times and her son was trying to talk him out of doing that, killing people, and he just said, ‘I have to do it’ and he said, ‘You rape all women and you taking over our country and you have to go,”Johnson revealed to reporters. The suspect also walked in the church and asked who the pastor was and sat and talked with Pinckney. He sat there for almost an hour talking with them before he opened fire and murdered them.
The heinous act is already drawing similarities to infamous killing of four black school girls in a Birmingham Alabama church. That was in 1963, and acts like this are still happening today in 2015.
A massive manhunt is underway, the FBI is already involved and the Justice Department has already opened a hate crime investigation.
The FBI has identified the shooter as 21-year-old Dylann Roof from Columbia as the suspect.
— The Post and Courier (@postandcourier) June 18, 2015
White terrorist Dylann Roof has been caught in Shelby, NC.
#BREAKING: Law enforcement source tells News19 Charleston church shooting suspect arrested in Shelby, NC
— News 19 WLTX (@WLTX) June 18, 2015
President Obama spoke on the horrific incident, and called for gun control.
“Now’s the time for mourning and for healing, but let’s be clear — at some point we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries,” Obama said.
“It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it. I say that recognizing the politics in this town foreclose a lot of those avenues right now. But it would be wrong for us not to acknowledge it, and at some point it’s going to be important for the American people to come to grips with it and for us to be able to shift how we think about the issue of gun violence collectively.”
“We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that, once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun,” Obama said.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the city of Charleston and to those personally affected by the tragedy. We hope for a speedy judicial process and that some peace comes to families of the victims.