Senator Clementa Pinckney Killed in Charleston SC Church Shooting

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Senator Clementa Pinckney Killed in Charleston SC Church Shooting [Video]

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According to the Charleston Post and Courier, the shooting was reported at about 9 p.m. An official with the NAACP told the newspaper that the gunman entered the prayer meeting, sat down with the group for a little while and then opened fire, killing nine.

One survivor was left to “tell the story,” the newspaper reports.

“An evil and hateful person took the lives of citizens who had come to worship and pray together,” Mayor Joe Riley said at a press conference.

Pinckney has been in South Carolina’s legislature since 1996, when he was elected as a state representative at the age of 23, according to his biography on the church’s website. He was the youngest African American ever elected to the legislature.

The search for the gunman continued as of 3 a.m. and it was reported by  CHARLESTON, S.C., (Reuters) – Nine people were killed when a white gunman entered a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, and opened fire, the city’s police chief said on Thursday.

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