The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, the FBI, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office will open a hate crime investigation into the Wednesday mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., according to multiple news outlets.
JUST IN: DOJ Civil Rights Division, FBI and US Attorney’s Office launch hate crime investigation into Charleston church mass shooting.
— ABC News (@ABC) June 18, 2015
JUST IN: DOJ Civil Rights Division & FBI opening a hate crime investigation into #CharlestonShooting that killed 9 people.
— Paula Reid (@PaulaReidCBS) June 18, 2015
Nine people were killed when a white man opened fire during a Bible study meeting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in downtown Charleston on Wednesday. Police are also investigating the shooting as a hate crime, and were still searching for the gunman on Thursday morning.