Breaking News!!: Charleston: SC: Suspect in police custody in deadly church shooting rampage.
The suspect who went on a deadly church shooting rampage at a prayer meeting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 killing 9 people is in police custody.
** Picture of the suspect, Dylann Storm Roof, was courtesy of the Berkeley County Government Office in South Carolina: **
The suspect identified by authorities as 21 year old Dylann Storm Roof of Lexington, South Carolina was taken into police custody in Shelby, North Carolina on Thursday, June 18th, 2015 and authorities are saying that Dylann Storm Roof was armed with a gun when he was arrested after a traffic stop, prompted by a tip from a citizen, and driving a black Hyundai with vehicle tag LGF330.
It is not clear if that is the same firearm he allegedly used in deadly church shooting rampage which 6 women and 3 men who killed including the pastor identified by authorities as State Senator, 41 year old Clementa C. Pinckney.
Stunned community leaders and politicians condemned the attack on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch is saying that the Department of Justice has begun a hate crime investigation.
United States of America President Barack Obama, who personally knew State Senator Clementa C. Pinckney, spoke at the news conferences saying that these shootings have to stop.
“At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries,” said United States of America President Barack Obama.
** Victims of the deadly church shooting rampage at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina: **
** Picture of Clementa C. Pinckney South Carolina State House was courtesy of the South Carolina State House: **
– 41 year old Clementa C. Pinckney was a married father of 2 children and became the youngest member of the South Carolina State House when he was elected as a Democrat reportedly at 23 year old.
** Picture of Sharonda Coleman-Singleton was courtesy of the Berkeley County Government Office in South Carolina and the Berkeley County SC (Twitter Username: @BerkeleySCGov): **
– 45 year old Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, a speech therapist and a girls’ track and field coach at Goose Creek High School in Goose Creek, South Carolina, and was a reverend at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
– 29 year old Tywanza Sanders was a 2014 graduate of Allen University’s division of business administration in Columbia, South Carolina.
– 70 year old Ethel Lee Lance, a sexton at the church and had worked at the church for over 30 years.
– 54 year old Cynthia Hurd Cynthia Hurd was a 31-year employee of the Charleston County Public Library who dedicated her life in serving and improving people’s lives in her community.
– 74 year old Daniel L. Simmons Sr. was a retired pastor from another church in Charleston and attended the church every Sunday for services and every Wednesdays for bible study, she said.
– 59 year old Myra Thompson.
– 49 year old Reverend DePayne Middleton.
– 87 year old Susie Jackson.
**** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to all of the family and friends of the victims in the deadly church shooting rampage at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina: ****
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