Several bodies in church shooting have not been identified

Update 11:46 pm:  Police are saying that the mass shooting in South Carolina has led to multiple fatalities.  Witnesses are also reporting that the bodies have not been identified.   The mayor and police chief of Charleston, SC are expected to hold press conferences soon to clear up information for the public. 

Corey Wessenger, standing near the church at the time of the incident, says that there are officers all over the area.

“I just saw a group of about 40 people escorted by cops,” Wessenger told CNN by phone.

USA Today is reporting that police are investigating a shooting that has led to multiple fatalities in the Charleston, South Carolina area.  According to social media sources, there have been multiple deaths in the shooting, but this information has yet to be confirmed with law enforcement.

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.

The FBI has arrived on the scene as well, according to Post and Courier reporter Melissa Boughton.  Emergency medical workers are warning residents to drive away or stay indoors.

“It’s really bad. It’s a very bad scene,” pastor Thomas Dixon said.

“Apparently the person just entered the church and opened fire. That part has not been fully articulated on what happened yet … they are still looking for the suspect.”

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    • Alan at 7:46 am

      Racism is an psychological pathology, that needs to be addressed my the mainstream medical society? However, by now we understand why it has never been addressed; especially when it afflicts a particular derivative race of people.

  1. Syreeta Smith at 2:53 am

    That’s the way they do. Had it been the other way around the guy would’ve been identified as a thug.. And the shooting would’ve been classified as a HATE crime

  2. Davy de Verteuil at 3:01 am

    For all the things @BarackObama won’t do for Black people Whites are still brutalizing&killing us under his watch&they say God Bless America

  3. Dee Dee at 4:42 am

    I agree. If a Black man would have done this shooting at this church, he would have been called a “Thug” and Oh Yeah, called a thug by President Obama along with many other white people. But since he was white, oh he was just ill, and needs treatment. President Obama — Are You Going To Speak In This Shooting? ? Of course not, because you do not care or speak out for Black people period. Your the president for ALL people, but not for BLACKS. Just leave. Office already you fake.

  4. dee at 6:02 am

    dee dee, thank you at least another black woman feels the same thing about Obama, he is the president of all people except blacks. he calls black boys thugs but have a beer with the white police thug. but it’s okay cause that thug was white. obama bye

  5. Leonard Langdon at 6:10 am

    President Obama isn’t going to do any thing we need to realise that. we have to do and put an end to these atrocities once and for all.

  6. Richard at 8:00 am

    No one is blaming Obama…some would just like for him to speak out when it comes to black people like he does for gays, whites and Hispanics. But we don’t need him to…all we need to do is arm ourselves and our families eventually separate from these racist mongrels and stop lying to ourselves about “equality” and this so called “post racial” society…this the new Jim Crow we living in.

  7. Terry at 10:37 am

    These are crucial times. If this doesn’t disturb you and make you do something you are part of the problem.
    In America the seeds of dissension, racial ignorance and animosity have been planted in the fertile soil of bigotry and cultivated in vile and evilness. These seeds have grown and are in bloom season. The psychological castration and physical abuse and murder of our people continues to escalate. Some situations call for more than prayer.

  8. madpoet429 at 11:02 am

    I find this amazing that nobody’s been caught with all the cameras & security feeds all over the place! Had this been a black person, surely they or somebody fitting the description would be in Custody. Maybe the culprit is on the payroll b/c agitators are “paid” to commit crimes with specific well planned instructions & escape routes just to get shit popping! Race Crimes are always premeditated & never spontaneous. History teaches us that! Arm yourself & teach your kids Martial Arts & Weapons training instead “praying” for the same MF’s that are trying to kill you!

  9. Marion at 11:05 am

    Why is it that we always want to blame someone, so my son TJ was killed by a black male (thug) and he was not in a gang. My son was black and the killer was black. This is a black on black crime, so should I blame the President? I don’t think so.

    We as a people always want to blame somebody but what are you doing? It doesn’t matter if our race never existed there would still be killing and fighting ,murderers in our streets don’t you know this would continue to happen. We do not live in a world that will not have hatred no matter what.

    So some of us always talking about what the President is not doing, and telling people to arm themselves. Why don’t you do something for our race? So those of you that are talking bad about our President, you probably haven’t even done anything for our society / our race. As my grandmother would say talking loud and saying nothing and she would always say this to many many years ago sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.

    So lastly if you are not a hater enjoy your day and if you are a hater still enjoy your day. Personally everyone be blessed, but I know sometime it’s difficult for haters to be bless because they don’t even love themselves, if you did you would be kind with your words.

    Love & Peace in Jesus Name

  10. Connie at 11:16 am

    When will we truly overcome, that dream Dr. Martin Luther King had never came to past. We are still experiencing the same racism as we did when he was alive. I pray that God give those families strength to mourn their loss, may their souls rest in peace and in heaven now where there is no more hate for African Americans. I’m so glad this world is not my home and I’m just passing through.

  11. Nunu at 11:27 am

    it is about race pacifically against Black Americans of African descent. he said that before he shot more people. The comment he made was you’re raping are women and we want our country back so what is it other than race?

  12. Toni at 12:30 pm

    Of course there has to be an illness associated with this situation.

    Our President is on TV right now doing a press conference on this matter. He spoke about he and his wife, Michelle praying about this matter. I bet he and Michelle never get to get off their knees with prayers with all the situations that are happening in this world. He is such a compassionate man.

    If you take some mentally ill people and keep speaking of hate some will act on it. The situations that have been happening lately the news people put the messages out there and world wide some people act negatively on it.

    It appears that some in this world love drama and bad news.

    The violent do not die a natural death, That is a fundamental teaching. This comes from Change your Life-Change your Thoughts by Dr. Dyer.

  13. LaVerne Hardin at 12:32 pm

    It is a shock, it is pain, it is anger, it is how to get back. I just visited the Martin Luther King Historic Center in Atlanta last week. Then this. I was a part of the 60s civil rights movement, a child of the Brown vs. The kansas Board of Education, a child who went to all black grade school, picketed to get into intergrated junior high. My pain never left, but I grew to know that racism is not going to end. The color of my skin is the only judgment that a racist has against me. My color is a gift from God, I love it I will not modify it I will take it to my grave. I love myself.
    People that hate to this degree are really really really sick, this sickness is imbedded in them from birth or even from the mother’s womb. There is no way a child obtains this much hate without his associations at home and outside of home. I am not saying that he conspired with someone, I am saying that he has been deeply influenced from birth.

    H. LaVerne Hardin, J.D. – Upland, California

  14. Toni at 3:27 pm

    To: Laverne Hardin,

    I do not believe anyone is born to hate. I believe it is taught as one grows up or influences from people that you associate with because you do not learn to think for yourself.

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