Nine shot dead in attack on US church

Nine shot dead in attack on US church

Nine people have been shot dead in an iconic church in the US state of South Carolina, in what’s believed to be a racial attack.

Police are searching for a 21-year-old man of Caucasian appearance, who opened fire inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston earlier today, during a prayer meeting.

Shortly after the shooting police took a man with a backpack and camera in to custody, but later said they were still looking for the gunman.

Eight people were declared dead at the scene, while another died while being transported to hospital.

The identity of the victims has not been formally revealed,  but the church’s pastor is believed to be among those killed.

Local Police Chief Gregory Mullin has described it as a tragic and senseless crime.

“It is unfathomable that somebody in today’s society would walk into a church when people are having a prayer meeting and take their lives,” he said.

The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is believed to be the oldest such church in America’s southern states.

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