CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott released statements regarding the downtown Charleston
. Haley sent this statement Wednesday night:
Sen. Tim Scott, who will be leaving Washington to return to South Carolina, said in a statement:
Tonight we stand together in prayer for Pastor Pinckney and his congregation at Emanuel AME , and for the families who are enduring unimaginable pain at the loss of their loved ones. We will come together as a city and as a state to lift up those who need us most right now. I hope for their sake, and for the people of Charleston, that the perpetrators of this terrible crime are swiftly brought to justice."
S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas issued a statement on Thursday morning:
Senator Harvey Peeler, Majority Leader, on behalf of the South Carolina Senate Republican Caucus, stated:
DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on last night's tragic shooting in Charleston, South Carolina:
S.C. Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster released his statement:
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham made the following statement:
“Our prayers are with the families of the victims and the people of Charleston. We are all heartbroken by this tragedy. To the families of the victims, please know that you are being prayed for and loved by so many in the community and across the nation. I pray that God will provide you healing in the coming days. There are bad people in this world who are motivated by hate. Every decent person has been victimized by the hateful, callous disregard for human life shown by the individual who perpetrated these horrible acts. Our sense of security and well-being has been robbed and shaken.”
U.S. House Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn released the following statement:
"It is with great sadness that I heard of the unspeakable tragedy that occurred in Charleston last night. My heart goes out to the victims, including State Senator Clementa Pinckney, their friends and family and members of Emanuel AME Church. I am distraught that this kind of hate still exists in our country and specifically in my home state of South Carolina. I'm reminded of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people." We must take these horrific crimes that are happening across our states and teach our neighbors that hate is not the answer. Please pray with me today for the Charleston community as they begin the healing process."
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
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