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Key points:Police have arrested four suspects in connection with the shooting in CharlestonThe shooting suspect has been identified as James T. HodgkinsonPolice say a woman was killed during the attack; no one else was hurtThe suspect’s wife and one of his daughters are being questioned in connection to the shootingThe gunman and one other person have been arrested, but no motive has been releasedThe suspect has not been charged in connection.
Authorities said a woman died at a local hospital after being shot, but they said they are still investigating whether the shooting was premeditated or a domestic incident.
Witnesses described seeing the suspect and a woman with a child in a car outside a church, with the suspect in a green hat, white shirt and black pants.
The suspect was seen shooting and killing people inside the church and outside before fleeing the scene.
Investigators said they were searching for a man who was in the vehicle, which was found at the church.
Witness Jimmie Williams told the Associated Press news agency that he heard several gunshots, followed by screaming and screaming.
“All I heard was one shot.
I looked up and I saw him get out of the car,” he said.
“I said to my wife, ‘Are you alright?’ and she said, ‘No, no, nothing.’
Then he said, `We’re going to kill everybody.’
Then, he started running.”
The Associated Press reported that a witness told police that they were at the scene of a shooting and saw the suspect run away with the victim.
Police said the suspect was armed with a semiautomatic rifle, a shotgun and a knife.
They said he was driving a white sedan and had a silver or dark-colored truck.
Witnessed by AP:Jimmie Williams, an employee at a restaurant in the church, told the AP that the gunman was holding a woman in the car and that the man in the truck was “standing there holding the rifle.”
Williams said he saw the gunman fire several shots into the car before fleeing.
The church was evacuated by police and the community is still on high alert, but Charleston Police Chief Earl Bailey said that “there’s no indication” that there is a threat to the community.
A white supremacist group, Vanguard America, said in a Facebook post that the shooting is a “crime of terror.”
Charleston Police Department released a statement saying the shooter has been taken into custody.
“There is no information to indicate this is an act of domestic terrorism,” the statement said.
“At this time we are continuing to gather information about this incident,” the department added.
Authorities have not said whether Hodgkinson has a lawyer.
President Donald Trump called the shooting “senseless,” and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Twitter that “no words can adequately express the pain and suffering of the families of the victims.”
President Donald J. Trump speaks about the Charleston shooting at the White House on January 21, 2021 in Washington, DC.
PresidentDonald J. the Trumps White House and the Department of Homeland Security are coordinating to provide consular assistance to those in the Charleston area who may have been impacted by this shooting.
President Trump spoke to reporters at the National Prayer Breakfast on Monday afternoon.
He called the gunman “a deranged individual who did not belong in our country.”
“I am so saddened by this attack, by this cowardly act,” Trump said.
Trump tweeted that the president and first lady Melania Trump were in Charleston on Monday.
The White House said it is in touch with the local authorities and is “working closely with the authorities to gather more information.”
The White Sox said on their official Twitter account that the team is providing consular services to all American citizens affected by the Charleston tragedy.
The team said it will also continue to provide support to its players and employees.
The shooter is a member of a white supremacist organization, Vanguard American, a white nationalist group that espouses a white ethno-nationalist ideology and promotes white nationalism.
The group is a small online group that was created in May 2016.
The Associated The gunman is believed to be James T Hodgkinson, a 62-year-old former employee of the American Freedom Party, an organization that espoused a white separatist and white supremacist ideology.
White nationalists are white nationalists and adherents of a political movement that advocates for the removal of European immigrants and the re-imposition of a racist, white supremacist government.
It also advocates the removal and eventual restoration of the white ethnos historical white supremacist society of the Ku Klux Klan.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit organization that tracks hate groups, said it tracks the extremist group Vanguard America.
Vanguard American was founded in July 2016 and has been described by SPLC as a “white nationalist group.”
Vanguard American is listed on the white nationalist website Stormfront.
In a Facebook Live video posted by Vanguard America on Monday, the shooter, who has not yet been identified, said he