Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof Sentenced to Death
5-Year-Old Girl Survives Charleston Church Shooting By Playing Dead
9 dead after suspected hate crime shooting at historic church. #CharlestonShooting updates: http://t.co/Y9vACIqCmb pic.twitter.com/hqjWuUZMcv
— Gawker (@Gawker) June 18, 2015
A church is supposed to be a place of sanctity—where worshipers can feel safe within its holy walls. But the most unthinkable act of violence erupted when a white gunman, who's now been identified by police as 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof, opened fire on unsuspecting victims at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, last night.
According to ABC, the killer had sat in a prayer meeting for an hour before firing his gun into the congregation. The church's pastor and a South Carolina state senator were among the nine victims who lost their lives during this nightmare.
One special survivor, a five-year-old girl, lived to tell the tale after she quickly thought up a way to fool the maniacal shooter—by playing dead. What's usually a trick we teach our dogs actually ended up saving the little girl's life. ABC 4 reports that she is now resting and recovering at a local hospital.
Family says 5 year old survived by playing dead. Child resting @MUSChealth [email protected] #CharlestionShooting pic.twitter.com/GQ3bYxwBvZ
— Rob Mallia (@RobMalliaWCIV4) June 18, 2015
As you can imagine, this whole event has caused a wave of grief and terror in South Carolina, and all around the country.With all of the recent shootings in the U.S., we're all wondering the same thing: Can we be safeanywhere?
UPDATED: The suspected shooter has been captured.
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