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  • Nine people have died after gunman opened fire at Emanuel AME church in Charleston.
  • Police hunt 21-year-old white male suspect.
  • Church's pastor and Democratic state senator Clementa Pinckney believed to be among the dead.

Roof was reportedly arrested in Selby, North Carolina around 14 hours after the shooting occurred


CNN are reported the suspect in the Charleston shooting has been taken into custody in North Carolina


Speaking at a press conference, US Attoreny general said: "Acts like this one have no place in our country and no place in a civilized society."

A full statement from President Barack Obama is expected soon.


FBI has named the Carolina shooter as Dylann Roof of Columbia area, according to Post and Courier newspaper.

A quick Facebook search showed that Roof had the Rhodesia and apartheid South Africa flags on his jacket:


The desk of South Carolina senator Pinckney has been covered in a black drape:


A second church shooting now reported in Memphis. WAFF 48 - a TV station broadcasting in North Alabama and South Tennessee - is reporting shots fired into the building.


State senate chair of Clementa Pinckney is draped in black as mark of respect and South Carolina Governor Nikki orders flags at half-mast in memory of the victims of the mass shooting.


South Carolina State Democrats have tweeted about the death of their colleague, Clementa Pinckney.


At close of press conference police not clear on when next official briefing will be.

DaShawn Brown, Reporter for WCSC Live 5 News, tweets that police have been questioning survivors but it is not clear whether they knew the shooter.


Police chief Mullen: "There is absolutely no doubt in my mind this is a hate crime".


Three people survived the Charleston church attack, according to police chief Greg Mullen.


Police chief Mullen said he will not release the names of the victims as the families are still to be informed. "The coroner will," he said.


Police chief Mullen said the white male suspect stayed in Bible meeting an hour before opening fire.

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Charleston Police Department


"We are committed to finding this horrible scoundrel," Charleston mayor Joseph Riley says.

"You will see an outpouring of love and kindness and help."

"I've seen this community respond to challenges before, we'll do what we've always done, put our arms around this church"

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A small prayer circle forms nearby where police are responding to a shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina June 17, 2015. A gunman opened fire on Wednesday evening at the historic African-American church in downtown Charleston and was still at large, a U.S. police official said, but there were no immediate confirmed reports of casualties REUTERS/Randall Hill


Embassy Suites in downtown Charleston has been set up as a Family Assistance Center, police chief Greg Mullen said.


Charleston mayor Jospeh Riley says: "This is an unspeakable act filled by someone with hate, and with a deranged mind"

He said the community will "put its arms around" the Emanuel AME church.

Charleston mayor


Police say there were three male victims and six female in the Charleston church shooting. The white male suspect, in his early 20s, is a "very dangerous individual and should not be approached by anyone".

Authorities are bringing in "federal resources" to investigate the massacre.

"This tragedy is indescribable," police chief Greg Mullen said. "No one in this community will ever forget this night."

"This is a situation that is unacceptable in any society and especially in our society and our city," he said.


Police is holding a press conference about the shooting. Follow live here:

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Senior Pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, hugs a church member after a service Reuters

Among those killed was state senator and pastor Clementa Pinckney, according to reports.

He was the youngest African American to be elected to the South Carolina State Legislature, becoming a state representative at the age of 23 in 1996. He had been a pastor since the age of 18.

Pickney has a wife and two children, according to the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church website.

More here.


The King Center, the memorial to Martin Luther King, tweeted a picture of King at the church in 1962:


The Charleston Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church that was targeted in the attack is a historic African-American church - often referred as "Mother Emanuel" - which became a symbol of black resistance in the 19th century.

Founded in 1818 by a free black and former slave, Denmark Vesey, the church was supported by white clergy in the city and attracted 1,848 members. After the church was closed twice for violating slave laws, Vesey and his followers tried to organise a slave revolt.

More here.

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Emanuel AME Church in Charleston Calvin Webster


Family members told ABC news that a five-year-old child was in the church at the time of the shooting and survived by playing dead.

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A small prayer circle outside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, site of a shooting Reuters