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Saturday, June 20, 2015
9 Black People Shot To Death In A Historic Charleston Church In Hate Crime Perpetrated By A White Supremacist
Police have apprehended 21-year-old white supremacist, Dylann
Roof, on charges he visited a historic Charleston, South
Carolina church and opened fire, killing the pastor and 8
members of the congregation. Among the dead at the crime scene
in the hundred year old Emanuel African Methodist Church is
41-year-old U.S. Senator, Clementa Pinckney. Roof shot and
killed six women and three men.
Dylann Roof's mug shot
Sylvia Johnson, a woman who survived the shooting,
revealed Roof visited the church for the first time to attend
Bible study, then pulled out a weapon and began firing. Roof’s father had given
him a .45 caliber handgun for his 21st birthday in April of this
year. Johnson stated Roof told the congregation, “you all rape
women and you’re taking over our country” slurring and
stereotyping black people. Johnson stated Roof reloaded the
weapon five times.
The mass shooting is correctly being labeled a hate crime, as
the shooter is white and targeted black people due to race. His
social networking posts, which will be used as evidence, reveal
a hateful, racist man obsessed with the white supremacy
movement. Reuters reports Roof has an arrest record for drug
offenses and trespassing at a mall in South Carolina.