2 prominent Republicans call Charleston shooting an act of terrorism
Two prominent Republicans on Sunday called the Charleston shooting in which a 21-year-old white man allegedly shot and killed nine African Americans during a prayer meeting an act of domestic terrorism.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum , a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, said on ABC’s “This Week”: “I don't think there's any question when someone comes into a church for the reasons of racism and hate that they're trying to terrorize people. ... I don't think there's any question this is an act of terrorism
Civil rights activists have called for the killings to be investigated as an act of terrorism in part because an online manifesto linked to the alleged shooter, Dylann Roof, calls for violent attacks against African Americans in the South.
Roof faces nine murder charges in the rampage at the Emanuel AME Church, one of the oldest black churches in the South. He allegedly sat with others in a Bible study group for nearly an hour before taking out a handgun and killing the six women and three men.