A white man opened fire in a historic black church, in Charleston, South Carolina the night of June 17, 2015, killing nine people, including a pastor, during a prayer meeting. The suspect, Dylann Roof, was arrested in North Carolina and extradited to South Carolina June 18, 2015 for what authorities are calling a hate crime.
Roof was charged with nine counts of murder and one count possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. All felony charges.
Here, worshippers embrace following a group prayer across the street from the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, the scene of the shooting on June 17, 2015.