This is horrible:
A white gunman opened fire Wednesday night at a historic black church in downtown Charleston, S.C., killing nine people before fleeing and setting off an overnight manhunt, the police said.
At a news conference with Charleston’s mayor early Thursday, the police chief, Greg Mullen, called the shooting a hate crime.
“It is unfathomable that somebody in today’s society would walk into a church while they are having a prayer meeting and take their lives,” he said.
The police said the gunman walked into the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church around 9 p.m. and began shooting.
Eight people died at the scene, Chief Mullen said. Two people were taken to the Medical University of South Carolina, and one of them died on the way.
The echoes from the gunshots hadn’t stopped before some people rushed forward to politicize the atrocity.
— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) June 18, 2015
Watch whiteness work. The shooter will be described as mentally unstable from a troubled family, but not a terrorist. #CharlestonShooting
— deray mckesson (@deray) June 18, 2015
I kid you not – Al Sharpton has already confirmed he is heading to Charleston. I’m sure Deray McKesson won’t be far behind.
They say vultures can smell the dead and dying from a mile away. Race hustlers can sense a tragedy from over 1000 miles away.
The killer has been identified as Dylann Storm Roof: