CONFIRMED: State Senator Clementa Pinckney Was Killed In Mass Church Shooting

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CONFIRMED: State Senator Clementa Pinckney Was Killed In Mass Church Shooting -

A South Carolina legislative leader says the church’s pastor, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, is among those killed in a shooting at a historic black church in downtown Charleston that authorities are calling a hate crime.

House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford says Pinckney was killed along with eight others in the Wednesday night shooting at Emanuel AME Church.

Authorities are still searching for the shooter, who’s described as a white male in his early 20s.

Pinckney made his name as the youngest African American state legislator in South Carolina’s history. The 41-year-old Democrat was elected to the S.C. House of Representatives in 1996, at the age of 23. Four years later, he was elected to the state senate.

Earlier in the day, Pinckney had campaigned in Charleston with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, according to MSNBC.

Police are asking for tips to help locate a suspect that began shooting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston in what is being called a hate crime.

Pinckney, a father of two, started preaching at the age of 13 and first became a pastor at the age of 18.

Pinckney’s Emanuel AME Church is the South’s oldest black congregation south of Baltimore, according to The Post and Courier.

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