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Bail Set At One Million Dollars for Alleged Shooter of Nine in Charleston, South Carolina  

On Wednesday evening, June 17th, 2015 ten members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston, SC congregation were brutally shot; nine of them fatally. The alleged shooter, Dylann Roof, is a 21 year-old white man who joined their bible study group that day, according to the Charleston Courrier Post story as reported by Andrew Knapp on June 18th.

Among those who were fatally shot was a State Senator, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney. Knapp reports that the group studied the Gospel of Mark 4 16:20 and when they came to the verse: “But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away ...” the shooter stood up, expressed disdain for African Americans and opened fire.

Perhaps something in this verse triggered his reaction. The other 8 victims ranged in age from 26 to 87 and included a librarian, a young college graduate and a girl’s track and field coach, according to Knapp. Two survived by playing dead and the third, a church trustee, hid under a table as shots were fired. The trustee was told she was allowed to survive “so she could tell what happened.”

Following an intense manhunt, Roof was taken into custody the following morning. At his arraignment, his bail was set at $1,000,000 for the gun charge; he also faces nine murder charges. With 9 people dead it is outrageous that he is eligible for bail at all. Really.