Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday expressed his sorrow for victims of the Wednesday shooting at a Charleston church, but said that gun control laws could not have prevented the attack.

"This type of conduct is something that only our display of our own love and good faith that’s in our heart can change. Laws can’t change this," he said at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in Washington D.C. "Only the goodwill and the love of the American people can let those folks know that that act was unacceptable, disgraceful, that we need to do more to show that we love each other."

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Authorities on Thursday arrested the suspect in the fatal shooting at a church in Charleston, S.C., after a florist in North Carolina spotted the suspect's car on her drive to work.

The suspect, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, was arrested in Shelby, N.C. on Thursday morning, and he now awaits a bond hearing in Charleston.

Debbie Dills saw what she believed was the suspect's car while driving toward Kings Mountain, N.C. She pulled over and called a friend, Todd Frady, who then called the Kings Mountain police, according to NBC News.

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A vigil for the victims of the deadly shooting at a Charleston church was evacuated on Thursday due to a bomb threat, according to news reports.

The vigil was being held at the Morris Brown AME Church in Charleston. Numerous lawmakers attended the vigil, including South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R), U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, and North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey.

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Charleston's Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, The Post and Courier, apologized on Thursday for running an ad for a gun shop on some of its papers Thursday morning, along with a headline about the shooting at a church that left nine people dead.

"The front-page sticky note that was attached to some home delivery newspapers on the same day as this tragedy is a deeply regrettable coincidence. We apologize to those who were offended," the paper wrote on Facebook in response to a complaint.

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President Obama on Thursday expressed his sorrow about the shooting at a historic black church in Charleston that left nine people dead on Wednesday, and he said the American government has the power to address gun violence.

Obama lamented that "someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun."

He said that violence of this nature "doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency." He noted that lawmakers in Washington, D.C., were not likely to address gun violence in the near future, but said that the country must "shift how we think about the issue of gun violence collectively."

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Thursday called the Wednesday shooting at a Charleston church "heartbreaking and deeply tragic" and confirmed that the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, along with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office, would investigate the attack as a hate crime.

During a press conference, Lynch said she was committed to working with local authorities to "locate and to apprehend the perpetrator of this barbaric crime."

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