Transcript for The Rev. Norvel Goff Sr. and State Sen. Marlon Kimpson Discuss NC Church Shootings
I spoke with an elder at the church. We are joined by an elder at the Emanuel church and reverend, thank you so much for spending time with us this morning. Our prayers are with the victims and their families and I know you spent the night with the families. I can only imagine the shock they are feeling right now. Well, thank you so much for your prayers and we solicited throughout the nation for the nine victims of this heinous crime. We want the public to know that we are having a noonday vigil prayer service at 12:00 noon at March bound church in Charleston, South Carolina. As I said, I know you spent the night with the families. What were they able to tell you about what happened inside that church? Well, the conversation went that they were in bible study, and a young white male came into the bible study and after sitting for a moment or two, stood up and began shooting as a result of that, we have nine fatalities, later this morning we are hoping to have all nine names made available to the public. Did the shooter say anything before he opened fire? Not to my knowledge. We would hope that those kinds of questions will be answered by those who are being interviewed by the police chief at this hour along with other investigating bodies which include state, local and federal agents and we are being very supportive in urging them to seek justice and we believe that this is a hate crime, one that must be punished as fullest extent of the law. Any threats against the church in recent days? None to our knowledge. There has not been any threats against church members, the pastor, anything to our knowledge. Now, the Emanuel church is a point of destination for the entire nation and for the state of South Carolina. We are a very solid part of the fabric of this community and has been a force for positive change since its inception. Reverend, thank you very much for your time. Again our condolences for this loss. Thank you. Also joining us now state senator mar Lann kimson from Charleston and senator, thank you for joining us. Our condolences for this loss. I know you served with pastor pinckney. What can you tell us about this remarkable man? Well, the state of south Carolina has lost a giant. Senator pinckney was the moral conscious of the general assembly and let me say my prayers go out to not only senator pinckney's family but the family of the other death victims. We need prayer, George. We need prayer. And, senator, you were in the command center last night. What more can you tell us about what happened inside that church? Do you know if the shooter said anything before he opened fire? I can tell you this, that the state of South Carolina and all of the law enforcement officials are huddled in Charleston with every fiber of their being committed to finding this shooter, to bring him to justice. Sir, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you this morning. Thanks very much for joining us. Thank you. Boy, this crime is so hard to fathom. The gunman is still on the loose and of course we'll stay on this all morning long. Thank you.
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