timberland coat A timeline of the Emanuel AME Church shooting
Nine people were killed, including State Sen. and the Rev. Clementa Pinckney. Several of the victims were also ministers at the church, including Rev. Sharonda Singleton, retired pastor Dr. Daniel Simmons, and Rev. DePayne Middleton Doctor. The other victims were Ethel Lance, Cynthia Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Myra Thompson, and Tywanza Sanders.
Word of the shooting spread first on police scanners.
“A white male, approximately 21 years of age, slender, small build wearing a gray sweat shirt, possible hoodie,
blue jeans, Timberland boots, clean shaven,” Francis said.
That description quickly spread to the FBI and the state Highway Patrol as the search for the suspected shooter intensified. But police would later say he was not the suspect.
Elected officials across the state and church as well as community leaders started sending messages of sympathy and shock across Social media.
“We are just sick to our stomachs that this could happen in a church,” one bystander said.
Approximately 15 minutes later, a tense situation became even more stressful for those in the immediate area as police warn a bomb threat had been called in.
That threat, when turned out to be a hoax, did not stop people from coming to the scene, however. Over the next hour people were joining hands and praying for the victims and their families.
“We were able to determine there are eight deceased individuals at the church,” Mullen said. “Two have been taken to the hospital and one has died.”
“This is the most unspeakable and heart wrenching tragedy,” Riley said.
Mullin confirmed there were some survivors and turned his attention to the suspected gunman
“We have investigators out tracking leads and we will continue to do that until we find this individual who has carried out this crime and bring him to justice,” Mullen said. Mullen would not confirm at that point whether the church’s pastor, State Sen. and the Rev. Clementa Pinckney,
was in the church at the time of the shooting.