|Nine killed in South Carolina church shooting late on Wednesday. — AFP/VNA Photo
WASHINGTON (AFP) — A white gunman shot and killed nine people at a historic black church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, late Wednesday, the police chief said.
"There were eight deceased individuals inside of the church. Two individuals were transported to (the hospital). One of them has died. At this point, we have nine victims in this hideous crime that has been committed," Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen told journalists.
The Charleston police department said the suspect is a clean-shaven white man, aged about 21. As of 11:30pm, the suspect was still at large.
Local network ABC4 News said police were also investigating a possible bomb threat.
The shooting happened at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. According to its website, it is the oldest such church in the US south. — AFP