— FoxNewsInsider (@FoxNewsInsider) June 18, 2015
Last night, a 21 year old white male opened fire in a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. The ruckus occurred at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and resulted in nine casualties, including Pastor and State Senator Reverend Clementa Pinckney.
The Department of Justice has described the incident as a “hate crime” and the FBI has now identified the shooter as Dylann Roof of Columbia, South Carolina. His uncle, Carson Cowles, recognized his nephew from the surveillance camera footage and identified him to law enforcement.
CNN reports Thursday morning (6/18,) authorities arrested Dylann Roof three hours away from the church in Shelby, North Carolina.
Some of hip hop’s leaders have reacted to the tragedy on social media.
Was already weary. Was already heavy hearted. Was already tired. Where can we be safe? Where can we be free? Where can we be black?
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) June 18, 2015
Everyday People are losing their lives w/ the uncertainty of a Russian Roulette game. do any of you care? really care? #BlackLivesMatter
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) June 18, 2015
Praying for my people in the #843, Praying for the displaced Haitians in the DR, I’m just Praying Period. The Earth Crazy.
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) June 18, 2015
Charleston. My heart hurts.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 18, 2015
Prayers for the families and victims in Charleston, SC. Heavy heart….
— Rapsody (@rapsody) June 18, 2015
What happened in Charleston is an act of terror committed by a terrorist. Simple & plain. I wish those folks in that church had been armed
— Killer Mike (@KillerMikeGTO) June 18, 2015
Call it a hate crime call it terrorism, call it whatever you want…. But 2nd Timothy called it centuries ago.
— Punch (@iamstillpunch) June 18, 2015
Hip hop figures pay respects to the victims of the Charleston, South Carolina church shooting that left nine dead, including Pastor and State Senator Reverend Clementa Pinckney.