BLACK CHURCH SHOOTING: Multiple victims, including fatalities, in Charleston church shooting at Emanuel AME Church, suspect described as white male.
#BREAKING: There are reports of multiple victims in a Charleston church shooting, MyFox8 reports.
The shooting occurred at the Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston at about 9 p.m. The shooting occurred during Bible study at the church.
According to MyFox8, “multiple media outlets, citing scanner traffic, say this may be a mass shooting situation.”
Valencia Wicker tweeted, “Suspect is a white male 21-years of age, grey sweatshirt/hoodie, blue jeans, timberland boots, clean shaven.”
The Charleston Police Department basically confirmed Wicker’s tweet:
Suspect in shooting on Calhoun St is a w/m approx 21 slender small build wearing a grey sweat shirt blue jeans timberland boots clean shaven
— Charleston P.D. (@CharlestonPD) June 18, 2015
The Emanuel AME church, which is the oldest historically black church in the South, was co-founded by Denmark Vesey, who planned a slave revolt in 1822. The Reverend Honorable Clementa C. Pinckney is the pastor at Emanuel AME Church.
A worker from the church has said 9 people are dead #chsnews
— Melissa Boughton (@mboughtonPC) June 18, 2015
— CAROLINAS FIRE PAGE (@CFPalerts) June 18, 2015
— Jenna-Ley Harrison (@jlharrison_news) June 18, 2015