At 9:00 p.m. Wednesday evening Charleston Police alerted the public that a shooting had occurred on Calhoun Street.
It was confirmed around 10 p.m. that the shooting took place at the Emmanuel AME Church at 110 Calhoun St.
Fifteen minutes later reporters and officials at the scene said that police had blocked off sections of the street surrounding the church and a search was underway for a suspect.
Around 10:45 p.m. a description of the shooter was given by police for everyone in the area to be on lookout. The shooter was described as a white male around 21 years old, clean shaven and last seen wearing jeans, a gray sweatshirt, and Timberland boots.
At 11:10 p.m. a suspect matching the description of the shooter was taken into custody, but it was discovered shortly after that the “suspect” was a reporter at the scene.
Another fifteen minutes after the suspect was detained, sources at the scene confirmed that the coroner had been called to the church where the shooting took place.
Just before midnight, it was confirmed that SC Legislature would not be meeting Thursday due to the shooting.
At 12:30 a.m. Charleston Police reported that there were still no victim identifications released.
The Chief of Police for the Charleston PD Greg Mullen gave a press conference before 1 a.m. stating what was known about the shooting:
- Eight people were confirmed dead inside of the Emmanuel AME Church
- Two victims were taken to the Medical University of SC (MUSC)
- One of the victims in the hospital was pronounced dead.
- No victims’ names have been released.
- This shooting is labeled as a hate crime.
- A reward will be offered for the capture of the shooter.