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Detroit leaders to hold prayer vigil for Charleston shooting

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(Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church)


DETROIT – A Detroit city councilman and several religious leaders are holding a prayer vigil Thursday at noon in the wake of the shooting at a church in South Carolina that killed nine people.

Detroit City Councilman and A.M.E. Pastor Andre L. Spivey will be joined by A.M.E. pastors Rev. Larry Bell and Rev. Larry Simmons will lead the vigil at the Bethel A.M.E. Church -- 5050 St Antoine St.

All faiths, clergy, residents and anyone who wishes to pray for the victims are welcome to come. 

Manhunt under way for man who killed 9 in black church

An intense manhunt is under way for a young white man who joined a prayer meeting at a historic black church in South Carolina -- and then opened fire, killing nine people, including the pastor. Authorities are calling it a hate crime.

Police have released surveillance photographs of the gunman and a car he may have used to get away. The Charleston police chief, Greg Mullen, describes him as "a very dangerous individual."
He says the gunman had stayed for nearly an hour at the prayer meeting last night before shooting the nine victims. Mullen says he has no reason to think the man has left the Charleston area, but he was distributing information about the suspect and his car around the country.

Authorities haven't released any names of victims -- but according to the State House Minority leader, they included state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, who was the church's pastor. He was 41 years old, and was a married father of two.