On Wednesday evening, a young white gunman—since identified by city and federal law enforcement officials as 21-year-old Dyllann Storm Roof—opened fire during a weekly prayer meeting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, killing six women and two men. Among them was Reverend Clementa Pickney, 41, the church’s senior pastor and a state senator. Although Roof's exact motives are not yet known, according to one of the survivors, he said, “You rape our women, and you’re taking over our country, and you have to go,” before opening fire. The Charleston police chief, Greg Mullen, has called the attack a hate crime.
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