UPDATE, 11:45a ET: The alleged gunman, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, has been taken into custody. DETAILS.


A photo has been released of the alleged killer who opened fire at a historic African-American church in South Carolina.

The alleged gunman killed six women and three men in the shooting spree at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston.

The church's pastor, 41-year-old state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, was among those killed in the horrific attack. The other identities of the victims have not yet been released.

A 5-year-old child reportedly survived by pretending to be dead.

Authorities say that a man went into the church at about 8 p.m. and sat for an hour before he stood up and started to shoot.

The suspected gunman, who remains at large, is described as armed and very dangerous.

Police say the suspect is a clean-shaven white man with sandy blond hair and a slender build, who is between the ages of 21 and 25. He was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt, jeans and Timberland boots.

FoxNews.com reported:

Mullen said investigators are going through surveillance video gathered overnight from a variety of sources to try to determine the suspect’s whereabouts. State Police and the FBI were working with local authorities in the hunt. Although Mullen said “there is no doubt in my mind that this is a hate crime,” the Department of Justice will ultimately make that determination.

Mullen said the scene was chaotic when police arrived, and the officers thought they had the suspect tracked with a police dog, but he got away. He also announced that a reward for information leading to the shooter's capture would be offered Thursday and that the FBI would aid the investigation.


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