Thursday, June 18, 2015
When Race is All-Important: In Breaking News, USA Today Reports Shooter’s Race in Mass Shooting in Charleston Church Tonight, and the Race of Parishioners, so You Know What That Means!
By Nicholas Stix
Expanded at 12:30 a.m., on Thursday, June 18, 2005
Black USA Today “reporter” Melanie Eversley wants the whole world to know that a white man shot blacks tonight.
“The suspect is a white male about 21-years-old, and is wearing a grey sweatshirt or hoodie, blue jeans and Timberland boots, officials said.”
I responded in the comments thread: So, when the suspect is white, you report race, but when he’s black, you refuse.
Police investigating shooting in Charleston, S.C.
By Melanie Eversley
June 17, 2015; 11:05 p.m. EDT
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Police are investigating a shooting downtown that may have resulted in multiple fatalities.
Some reports by journalists and others on social media indicated there may have been multiple deaths, but that could not be confirmed with police, who said they had no information on victims. Police said the shooting took place at an address that corresponds with that of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
The house of worship is the oldest AME church in the South and is led by South Carolina State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, a Democrat. The church has one of the oldest and largest black congregations south of Baltimore, according to its website. Denmark Vesey, executed for attempting to organize a major slave rebellion, was one of the founders.
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church sits at 110 Calhoun St. in Charleston, S.C. (Photo: Facebook)
The shooting took place at about 9 p.m. ET, Charleston police said via Twitter. The gunman is still on the loose, police told the Charleston Post and Courier.
The suspect is a white male about 21-years-old, and is wearing a grey sweatshirt or hoodie, blue jeans and Timberland boots, officials said.
The FBI and chaplains were on the scene, Post and Courier reporter Melissa Boughton tweeted.
A woman who answered the telephone at the Charleston Police Department late Wednesday said she'd heard nothing about a shooting, but tweets from Boughton indicate there is law enforcement activity downtown indicative that a shooting has taken place.
[Is the CPD worker a liar, or a complete imbecile? My hunch is the latter—AA.]
An emergency medical worker told people on the street to "drive far away or to go indoors," Boughton tweeted at about 9:45 p.m. EDT.