The Best Places For Updates About The Shooting At Emanuel AME Church In Charleston

9 are dead following an attack at the historic black church. Here is how we’re following the story.

June 18, 2015
The Best Places For Updates About The Shooting At Emanuel AME Church In Charleston BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/Getty

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.


As the story continues to unfold, here are a few tips on following the news from reliable sources, and ways you can help.


Here Are the Best Places to Follow Along:

The Post and Courier (@postandcourier), Charleston's "oldest, largest, and best news source"
Andrew Knapp (@offlede), crime reporter for The Post and Courier
Cynthia Roldan (@CynthiaRoldan), State House reporter for The Post and Courier
Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc), NYT Washington Bureau reporter who's on the ground in Charleston
Jason Horowitz (@jasondhorowitz), NYT political features writer who has also been reporting from Charleston
Patricia Mazzei (@PatriciaMazzei), political writer for the Miami Herald who is in Charleston
Rajini Vaidyanathan (@rajiniv), BBC correspondent who has been Periscoping from Charleston
Craig Melvin (@CraigMelvin), MSNBC reporter and native South Carolinian
Will Whitson (@WillWhitsonWIS), state reporter for Raycom Media, covering politics in South Carolina
Hannah Moseley (@HannahLive5), reporter with Charleston's Live News 5
Brian Ries (@moneyries), Mashable's real-time news editor who is good with retweets
Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie), Slate writer who has been chiming in with helpful historical context
Deray McKesson (@deray), activist and organizer
Shaun King (@ShaunKing), activist and organizer
The hashtag #PrayForCharleston

People in Charleston, across the country, and around the world waking up to this tragic news have begun to share shock and alarm on social media, often using the collective hashtag #PrayForCharleston. There were nearly 30,000 posts using the hashtag on on Instagram as of this morning.

Here's Where You Can Donate Money to Help:

The city has also set up a fund
The Best Places For Updates About The Shooting At Emanuel AME Church In Charleston