Last night a white male, early 20s, walked into a Charleston, SC church during their Wednesday night prayer service. It was a black church. He reportedly sat in the congregation for about an hour and then opened fire, killing nine parishioners including the pastor, Clementa Pinckney, who is also a South Carolina state senator.
Here’s the latest, and we’ll be updating this report as news breaks.
The shooter is unidentified and is on the loose. We trust he’ll be caught very soon.
Police said the victims were gathered in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, also known as “Mother Emanuel,” for a prayer meeting when the shooting occurred. The congregation, established in 1816, is one of the oldest African American churches in the United States.
We want to be very clear. We’ve noted many times that, in the black community, it is apparent that black lives don’t matter, at least to that community. In this instance, black lives certainly matter, and they matter at our house, because of the nature of the crime. This appears to be an act of wanton slaughter, and the shooter deserves the harshest punishment the State of South Carolina can hand out.
Our hearts are with the parishioners at Mother Emanuel, our prayers are with them, and may the shooter be taken off the streets quickly.