President Obama expresses sadness, anger about SC church shooting

President Obama expresses sadness, anger about SC church shooting
(Source: WCSC)
(Source: WCSC)
Dylann Roof (Source: Facebook)
Dylann Roof (Source: Facebook)

(KFVS) - President Barack Obama expressed sadness and anger after a shooting at a Charleston, South Carolina church that killed nine people Wednesday night.

President Obama said he and Michelle Obama knew many members of the church.

He said he has had to make too many of these types of statements. He urged for stiffer gun laws.

Law enforcement took 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof of Eastover, SC into custody in Shelby, NC Thursday morning. Shelby is approximately 30 miles west of Charlotte.

The shooting, which law enforcement has classified as a hate crime, took place at Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen said officers arrived to find eight people dead inside the church. A ninth victim was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

According to officials, the shooting occurred during a prayer meeting at the church.

The shooter stayed at the church for about an hour before shooting six women and three men, including the church's pastor state Sen. Clementa Pickney.

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