Shooting at historic US church

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Published: Thursday 18th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Police have sealed off the site of a shooting at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, and are hunting a 21-year-old suspect.

Police say the shooting took place at Emanuel AME Church. There was no official word on casualties, but some reports said eight people had been shot.

The Post and Courier newspaper said the pastor of the church was inside for a service at the time of the shooting.

Police said on Twitter they were looking for a white man aged about 21.

Police helicopters with searchlights circled overhead and a group of pastors were kneeling and praying across the street.

The Emmanuel AME church is a historic African-American church that traces its roots to 1816, when several churches split from Charleston’s Methodist Episcopal church.

One of its founders, Denmark Vesey, tried to organise a slave revolt in 1822. He was caught and white landowners had his church burned in revenge. Parishioners worshipped underground until after the Civil War.

Published: Thursday 18th June 2015 by The News Editor

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