En ung hvit mann kom onsdag kveld inn i en kirke for svarte i Charleston, Sør-Carolina, der det var bønnestund, og begynte å skyte rundt seg. Åtte ble umiddelbart drept. En døde på vei til sykehus.

En mann som kan passe beskrivelsen er pågrepet, men det er uvisst om det er gjerningsmannen.

Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. said the city was offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the gunman, whom the police described as a clean-shaven white man about 21 years old who was wearing a gray sweatshirt, bluejeans and Timberland boots. Chief Mullen described him as “extremely dangerous.”

“To walk into a church and shoot someone, is out of pure hatred,” the mayor said as he walked away after the news conference.

Det gjenstår å se hva motivet var. Mannen kan ha vært sinnsyk. Skulle det være en hatforbrytelse vil det være en belastning for forholdet mellom hvite og sorte. Mediene har i lang tid skapt en følelse av at politiet behandler svarte annerledes enn andre deler av befolkningen.

Denne hendelsen kan lett passe inn en en slik følelse av forutretthet.

Tory Fields, a member of the Charleston County Ministers Conference, said he believed the suspect had targeted the victims because of their race.

“It’s obvious that it’s race,” he said. “What else could it be? You’ve got a white guy going into an African-American church. That’s choice. He chose to go into that church and harm those people. That’s choice.”

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