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DOJ launches hate crime probe in Charleston shooting

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 00:50

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. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A 21-year-old white gunman accused of killing nine people at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, was arrested on Thursday (June 18), said U.S. officials, who are investigating the attack as a hate crime. Law enforcement officials caught alleged gunman Dylann Roof, whose rampage on Wednesday came in a year that has seen months of racially charged protests across the United States over killings of black men. "The Department of Justice has opened a hate crime investigation into this shooting incident," U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch told reporters, adding that it was "heartbreaking" and "deeply tragic." "Even as we struggle to comprehend this heartbreaking event, I want everyone in Charleston - and everyone who has been affected by this tragedy - to know that we will do everything in our power to help heal this community and make it whole again."

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DOJ launches hate crime probe in Charleston shooting

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 00:50