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9 Die In Charleston, S.C. Church Shooting

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And we're also following news from Charleston, S.C. Police are trying to identify the man who walked into a church there last night and started shooting.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

This happened at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest AME church in the South. Nine people were killed during Bible study.

MONTAGNE: The gunman is a white man in his early 20s. Police released a photo and say he fled in a dark sedan.

INSKEEP: The Reverend Norvel Goff is an elder in the AME church.

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NORVEL GOFF: We would hope that this person, who has committed this heinous crime, which is a hate crime, be brought to justice. So we stand in solidarity, but we also solicit your prayers for the family members who have lost loved ones.

INSKEEP: And we're going to continue following this story on NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.