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DOJ launches hate crime investigation into Charleston church shooting

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The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is the oldest AME church in the South. Nine people died in a hate crime shooting on June 17, 2015.

CHARLESTON, SC — The Department of Justice is opening a hate crime investigation into the shooting that took place at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, a DOJ spokesperson said Thursday.

The investigation will run parallel to the state investigation and will coordinate with the FBI.