Those who were in the area at the time gathered as close as they could to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, the scene of the shooting, to form a prayer circle.
King Street prayer vigil ending in song pic.twitter.com/8V5sFW4JZL— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) June 18, 2015
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley offered her family's prayers.
"While we do not yet know all of the details, we do know that we'll never understand what motivates anyone to enter one of our places of worship and take the life of another," she wrote in a statement.
Presidential candidates began to weigh in as well.
Heartbreaking news from Charleston - my thoughts and prayers are with you all. -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 18, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with the individuals and families affected by the tragic events in Charleston.— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) June 18, 2015
Celebrities also took to Twitter to share their condolences and messages with the survivors.
Charleston. My heart hurts.— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 18, 2015
My heart is truly with you to the folks who lost loved ones Charleston. My heart is truly with you, world.— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) June 18, 2015
My heart is so broken by the senselessness of the Charleston shooting. Sending thoughts & prayers. Hatred cannot and will not prevail.— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) June 18, 2015
I don't even know what words to use about Charleston. I really don't. Love and thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the victims— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) June 18, 2015
“Charleston” was trending on Twitter overnight and some of the most moving posts came from individuals, whether they had personal connections to the city.
Though I'm almost 2000 miles away, this shooting in, what I consider my hometown, Charleston, still hurts my heart. #prayforcharleston— Kendall Boyles (@kendallboyles) June 18, 2015
A world where People can't even pray in peace? #CharlestonShooting— Paul Elia (@PaulElia123) June 18, 2015