Authorities seek gunman who opened fire at South Carolina church, killing 9

A frantic manhunt was on in South Carolina, hours after a "horrible scoundrel" opened fire in a historic African-American church in downtown Charleston, killing nine, including a state senator who is a prominent pastor, during a regular prayer meeting. [Click for story] Police immediately branded the shooting spree, which began just after 9 p.m. Wednesday, a hate crime, and released surveillance images of a white man fleeing the scene at 180-year-old Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church after the horrific incident, which left six women and three men dead.

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    June 18: A passing motorist looks out her window as she stops at an intersection down the street from the Emanuel AME Church.
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    June 18: Charleston Emergency Management Director Mark Wilbert holds a flier distributed to media with surveillance footage of a suspect wanted in connection with a shooting.
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    June 18: Images on a flier provided to media by the Charleston Police Department show surveillance footage of a suspect wanted in connection with a shooting Wednesday at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.
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    June 18: Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen addresses the media while joined by Mayor Joseph Riley, right, down the street from the Emanuel AME Church.
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    June 18: Surreace Cox, of North Charleston, S.C., holds a sign during a prayer vigil down the street from the Emanuel AME Church.
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    June 18: The steeple of Emanuel AME Church is visible as police close off a section of Calhoun Street following a shooting Wednesday night.
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    June 17: Police stand outside the Emanuel AME Church following a shooting.
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    June 17: A man kneels across the street from where police gather outside the Emanuel AME Church.
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    June 17: A man kneels across the street from where police gather outside the Emanuel AME Church.
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    June 17: Police close off a section of Calhoun Street near the Emanuel AME Church.
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    June 17: Police talk to a man outside the Emanuel AME Church following a shooting.
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    June 17: A man looks on as a group of people arrive inquiring about a shooting.
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    June 17: Police stand outside the Emanuel AME Church following a shooting.
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    June 18: A car which police believe belongs to a suspect which police are searching for in connection with the shooting of several people at a church in Charleston is seen in a still image from CCTV footage released by police.
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    FILE 2012: State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, left, answers questions from his Republican challenger for re-election. A white man opened fire during a prayer meeting inside an historic black church, in Charleston, S.C., on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, killing multiple people, including Pinckney.
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    June 18: A suspect which police are searching for in connection with the shooting of several people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina is seen in stills from CCTV footage.
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    This undated photo shows South Carolina state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, pastor of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. Pinckney was killed Wednesday in a mass shooting during a prayer service at the church. 
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