Coroner identifies Charleston shooting victims


People sing “We Shall Overcome” during a service at Morris Brown AME Church June 18, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. US police on Thursday arrested a 21-year-old white gunman suspected of killing nine people at a prayer meeting in one of the nation’s oldest black churches in Charleston, an attack being probed as a hate crime. The shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in the southeastern US city was one of the worst attacks on a place of worship in the country in recent years, and comes at a time of lingering racial tensions. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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CHARELSTON, S.C. – Charleston County Coroner provided details and names of the nine people killed at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina.

The victims ranged in age from 26-87. They were all killed by gunshots, Coroner Rae Wooten said.

The victims of Wednesday’s shooting are as follows:

Cynthia Hurd, 54

Suzy Jackson, 87

Ethel Lance, 70

Rev. Depayne Middleton-Doctor, 49

Hon. Rev. Clementa Pinkney, 41

Tywanza Sanders, 26

Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74

Rev. Sharonda Singleton, 45

Myra Thompson, 59

Shooting suspect, Dylann Roof of Lexington, South Carolina, was armed with a gun when he was arrested in Shelby, North Carolina, according to a law enforcement official. It’s not clear if it’s the same firearm he allegedly used in the shooting.

Roof is accused of shooting the nine victims inside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, the Charleston police said Thursday.

The Charleston church gunman stood up and said he was there to shoot black people, a law enforcement official said, citing witnesses to the shooting. The shooter is also believed to have used a handgun, according to the official.

Thirteen people were inside Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church when Wednesday night’s shooting happened, South Carolina state Sen. Larry Grooms said, citing what he was told by law enforcement. Those 13 were the nine who were killed, three survivors and the gunman, Grooms said. Of the three survivors, two were unharmed, he said.

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