South Carolina Rep. Peter McCoy tweeted that nine people died in the shooting, which occurred at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The church is the oldest AME church in the South and is led by South Carolina State Sen. Clementa Pinckney. It is also one of the oldest and largest black congregations in the city of Baltimore.
One of the founders of the church was Denmark Vessey, who was executed for attempting a slave revolt. According to Twitter statements by Charleston Police, the shooting took place at 9 pm EST. The gunman is currently on the loose as well. He is believed to be a white male, about 21 years old, wearing a gray sweatshirt or hoodie with jeans.
BBP Editor: When artistic freedom fighter, author, Marvin X, was on a book tour in South Carolina, his hosts told him to say nothing about white supremacy while visiting Gullahland.