White Man Sought in Killing of 9 People in Black Church

An intense manhunt was underway Thursday for a young white man who joined a prayer meeting and then opened fire inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston, killing nine people, including the pastor. Authorities called it a hate crime. Police released surveillance video photographs of the gunman and a dark colored sedan he may have used to get away. Police Chief Greg Mullen said. "This is a very dangerous individual, We want to identify this individual and arrest him before he hurts anyone else." The attack came two months after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man, Walter Scott, by a white police officer in neighboring North Charleston that sparked major protests and highlighted racial tensions in the area. The officer has been charged with murder, and the shooting prompted South Carolina lawmakers to push through a bill helping all police agencies in the state get body cameras. Pinckney was a sponsor of that bill.
Soon after Wednesday night's shooting, a group of pastors huddled together praying in a circle across the street.