B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith condemns the shooting at a historic African American church that left nine dead in Charleston, S.C.
“We believe this is a hate crime; that is how we are investigating it,” Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen said.
The victims were gathered for an evening prayer meeting at the Emanuel AME Church when a lone gunman opened fire after observing the service for about an hour. The congregation has been a fixture in Charleston since 1816.
Attacking people as they pray is the height of depravity.
Our thoughts and prayers go to the victims’ families and those injured in the attack.