CRIME

Shooting puts spotlight back on Confederate flag on grounds of SC Statehouse

Tensions over the Confederate flag flying in the shadow of South Carolina's Capitol rose this week in the wake of the killings of nine people at a black church in Charleston. The symbolism was rendered more raw because the suspected gunman briefly escaped in a car bearing Confederate insignia.

South Carolina was the last state to fly the Confederate battle flag from its Capitol dome until a 2000 compromise moved it to a 30-foot flagpole elsewhere on statehouse grounds.

The flag was hoisted above the statehouse in 1962. Some saw it then as a symbol of Southern heritage. Others called it a defiant sign against the civil rights movement and a bitter reminder of slavery.

Gov. Nikki Haley says renewed discussions about the flag should wait.