CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Community leaders are asking people to come together Thursday to pray for the victims in a deadly church shooting in downtown Charleston.
A noon prayer vigil is scheduled at Morris Brown AME Church at 13 Morris Street, according to Elder James Johnson, president of the Tri-County chapter of the National Action Network. Johnson said the group's national president, the Rev. Al Sharpton, will fly to Charleston Thursday to pray with the pastors of the Lowcountry.
"Just please come and join us to send a message to the perpetrator that you're not going to stop this city," Johnson said. "This city is known as the Holy City, a peaceful city, and we want everybody out tomorrow to pray for the families."
Police say a gunman killed nine people at a downtown church, including the church's pastor, South Carolina Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney at approximately 9:05 p.m. Wednesday.
Police are searching for the suspect, who is described as a white male, approximately 21 years old, slender/small build, gray sweat shirt, blue jeans and clean shaven. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.