A frantic manhunt was on in South Carolina, hours after a “horrible scoundrel” opened fire in a historic African-American church in downtown Charleston, killing nine, including a state senator who is a prominent pastor, during a regular prayer meeting.
Police immediately branded the shooting spree, which began just after 9 p.m. Wednesday, a hate crime, and released surveillance images of a white man fleeing the scene at 180-year-old Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church after the horrific incident, which left six women and three men dead.
“This is an unspeakable and unfathomable act by somebody filled with hate and a deranged mind,” Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley said in a Thursday morning press conference. He vowed that authorities were “committed to finding this horrible scoundrel.”
Pls check out the surveillance footage and photo of car.