CHARLESTON, SC — The Department of Justice is opening a hate crime investigation into the shooting that took place at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, a DOJ spokesperson said Thursday.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch calls shooting at an African-American church in South Carolina that killed nine people, a ‘heartbreaking, deeply tragic’ crime.
The investigation will run parallel to the state investigation and will coordinate with the FBI.
The Charleston County Coroner’s Office identified all nine victims of shooting.
Cynthia Hurd, 54
Suzy Jackson, 87
Ethel Lance, 70
Rev. Depayne Middleton-Doctor, 49
Hon. Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41
Tywanza Sanders, 26
Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74
Rev. Sharonda Singleton, 45
Myra Thompson, 59