Charleston church shooting: Suspected gunman arrested

A suspect in the killing of nine people at a historic African-American church in South Carolina has been arrested, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.

Officials earlier named 21-year-old Dylann Storm as the man they were looking for in connection with the shooting in Charleston.

Police said the gunman sat in a bible study meeting for up to an hour before opening fire, killing six women and three men including the church pastor.

Officials have called it a hate crime.

Ms Lynch said the Justice Department would look at all the facts and motivations to determine the best way to proceed with any prosecution over the shooting.

US media reported that Mr Storm was arrested in Selby, North Carolina, some 13 hours after the shooting.

It followed the release of surveillance images of what police described as a young white man arriving at the church an hour before shooting occurred on Wednesday evening.

The killings have sent shockwaves through a community that has already experienced racial tension.

The shooting two months ago of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man by a white police officer in North Charleston, prompted angry protests. The officer has since been charged with murder.




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