Several people were reportedly killed in a shooting incident on Wednesday evening at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. The shooter remains at large as of yet.
The incident occurred at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest AME church in the South.
Although police have not determined how many people were killed, several bodies yet to be identified were in the church.
Hours later, a bomb threat was made at the scene where the shooting occurred, according to NBC 12.
Local pastor Thomas Dixon said, “It’s really bad. It’s a very bad scene.
“Apparently the person just entered the church and opened fire. That part has not been fully articulated on what happened yet … they are still looking for the suspect.”
The shooter has been described as a 21-year-old white male, clean-shaven and is wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
As per NBC News, Dixon said that a Bible session was in progress when the shooting occurred. The sessions are conducted each Wednesday.
Corey Wessenger said there was a heavy police presence outside the church.
“I just saw a group of about 40 people escorted by cops,” Wessenger said, according to CNN.
Six ambulances arrived at the scene, while the church was guarded by a swarm of law enforcement personnel, as reported by FOX.
The church, founded in 1816 and called Mother Emanuel, is the oldest AME church in the South.
Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney, the pastor, has been serving as a Democratic member of the state Senate since 2000.
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