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Charleston updates: Rev. Pinckney is among those killed; suspect is captured

Charleston updates: Rev. Pinckney is among those killed; suspect is captured

The New York Times and other sources report that the suspect in the Charleston shooting at Emanuel A.M.E. Church, Dylann Storm Roof, has been captured in Shelby, N.C.:

The police here say Mr. Roof, who is white, is suspected of being the gunman who walked into the prayer meeting Wednesday night, sat down with black parishioners for nearly an hour, and then opened fire.

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, the F.B.I., and the United States Attorney’s Office for South Carolina have opened a hate crime investigation into the shooting, which left six women and three men dead, and Chief Mullen has called it a hate crime.

The Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney, pastor of Emanuel, was among those killed.

Sylvia Johnson, a cousin of Mr. Pinckney’s, said in an interview with NBC News that a survivor of the shooting had told her the gunman reloaded five times. The survivor said the gunman had entered the church and asked for the pastor. Then he sat next to Mr. Pinckney during the Bible study before opening fire.

“I have to do it,” the gunman was quoted as saying. “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”

USA Today quotes Senator Marlon Kimpson, interviewed on CNN, reflecting on the Rev. Pinckney: “He was a giant, a legend, a moral compass.”


Posted by Cara Ellen Modisett


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Morgan Vincent

My words are brief but my sorrow is elongated. I am nobody special just another black face in the crowd. Just another spectator on the sidelines watching my race drown in anger and outrage. All I can say is enough is enough. When shall we be considered as human beings as Americans and not as violent monsters. If we are all guilty by association then should we not be afraid of white people. Historically almost every mass murder every committed on American soil was done by a white man. Which brings me to my last question why are we hated so much? Why do people feel the need to be afraid of us? At what point from the moment our ancestors were brought here against their will placed in shackles and forced into slavery. To fighting for our rights in a non violent manner while being beaten, murdered, attacked by dogs, hung from trees and even sprayed by fire trucks did the Caucasian society feel like we were a threat.

Ann Fontaine

One word: projection. White people fear that others will do unto them as they have done —

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