Hip-Hop Reacts to the Shooting at a Historic Black Church in Charleston
Last night, a White gunman—who has now been identified as Dylann Storm Roof—in Charleston, South Carolina shot and killed nine people at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston. Three men and six women—including the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who also worked as a State Senator—are among the dead. As of this morning, the gunman has not been apprehended.
The horrific violence occurred Wednesday evening at the historically Black church; according to the New York Times, a man attended a Church meeting for about an hour before opening fire on the congregation to devastating results. To Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen, the shooting is being classified as a hate crime, though to many on social media and beyond it's being referred to as no less than an act of terrorism.
Multiple media outlets are reporting the Charleston church shooter has been caught. The FBI has confirmed the alleged church shooter was arrested 200 miles away in North Carolina. His name has been revealed as Dylann Storm Roof; he was moved from North Carolina back to Charleston under heavy guard last night, and today is expected to be formally charged with nine counts of murder, with the Governor of South Carolina calling for the death penalty.
The victims are Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who is also a South Carolina state senator, Tywanza Sanders, 26, Sharonda Singleton, 45, DePayne Middleton, 49, Cynthia Hurd, 54, Myra Thompson, 59, Ethel Lee Lance, 70, Daniel Simmons, 76, and Susie Jackson, 87.
In the wake of the nearly unfathomable crime, plenty in the hip-hop community have spoken out on social media. We will keep you updated as the story develops.